Getting Near to Baby Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Audrey Couloumbis
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has Mrs. Garber told Aunt Patty about Willa Jo and Little Sister?

2. How does Aunt Patty feel about having Willa Jo and Little Sister at her home?

3. Where are most of the girls in the Bible School eating lunch?

4. What does Aunt Patty tell Willa Jo about Liz?

5. How old is Elizabeth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about the time surrounding Baby's death which explains why Willa Jo and Little Sister want to sit on the roof at Aunt Patty's house?

2. What insight does Uncle Hob offer as to why Noreen is coming to get the girls?

3. Why is Willa Jo envious of the relationship Liz has with her mother?

4. Why are Willa Jo and Little Sister staying with Aunt Patty, and how long will they be there?

5. What was the nuclear family of Willa Jo and Little Sister prior to Baby's birth?

6. Even though Baby died at sunrise, what flicker of hope does a sunrise hold for the family?

7. What does Aunt Patty suggest they do to get Little Sister to talk, and how does that send Willa Jo over the edge with her aunt?

8. Why are Aunt Patty's pleas for the girls to come down off the roof futile?

9. How does Aunt Patty show her intense frustration about Willa Jo to Mrs. Biddle?

10. Why was the girls' father gone from home so much and what suggestion did Aunt Patty have for Noreen and the girls?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Getting Near to Baby" is a classic example of a coming-of-age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Aunt Patty. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were her dreams and fears? What was most valuable to her in her world?

Essay Topic 3

Audrey Couloumbis is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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