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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 Aunt Patty done that surprises Willa Jo?
2. Aunt Patty introduces Little Sister as ______________.
3. What does Willa Jo notice as she runs back home after seeking help the person in #133?
4. Why does Willa Jo want to go to the drugstore?
5. Who did Noreen send Willa Jo to get help when Baby was sick?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Miss Pettibone do when Willa Jo says she is going to the drugstore to call Aunt Patty?
2. What does Uncle Hob do to ingratiate himself to the girls while they're sitting on the roof?
3. Describe what happened in the house on the morning that Baby died.
4. What message is Uncle Hob hoping the girls get from his story about staying with his grieving grandfather?
5. What was the nuclear family of Willa Jo and Little Sister prior to Baby's birth?
6. What lessons has Aunt Patty learned by having the girls with her for awhile?
7. How does the author end the story on a hopeful note?
8. What recurring dream does Willa Jo have and what does she do upon waking?
9. Explain the symbolism of Willa Jo's dream and why Willa Jo is so angry.
10. What type of emotion does Aunt Patty show when she asks if Little Sister had drunk any of the water at the carnival?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author used more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.
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
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of pride. Identify at least two instances about pride in the book and then cite examples to support your answer.
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