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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. To avoid embarrassment, Aunt Patty tells other people that she sent the girls up to the roof to ___________________.
2. What profession did Willa Jo's father, grandfathers and great-grandfathers have?
3. Why does Aunt Patty not want Willa Jo and Little Sister to play with the family across the street?
4. How does Aunt Patty feel when Little Sister uses sign language in front of other people?
5. What game do Willa Jo, Little Sister and Cynthia play?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Willa Jo resent Uncle Hob's response to the girls' new clothes and why does Willa Jo think that Aunt Patty doesn't know much about children?
2. What did Willa Jo and Little Sister's mother tell them about where Baby went?
3. How does Aunt Patty feel when she hears the girls tell their mother that they want to come home?
4. Why does the trip to the chocolate store turn unpleasant for Willa Jo?
5. What reasons does Aunt Patty have for wanting the girls to play with Cynthia Wainwright?
6. How does Liz respond to Aunt Patty who tries to make Liz feel bad by saying that her nieces associate with Cynthia Wainwright?
7. Who does Aunt Patty threaten to call if the girls won't come down from the roof and how does Willa Jo stonewall her?
8. How does Cynthia's mother indicate that she knows her daughter is misbehaving while playing with the girls?
9. Describe Aunt Patty's behavior when Little Sister rearranges the Hummel figurines in the glass case.
10. Describe how Cynthia Wainwright antagonizes the girls when she comes for a visit.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply "Getting Near to Baby". What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.
Essay Topic 3
Grief takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of the family's grief? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.
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