Getting Near to Baby Test | Final 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 reason does Little Sister give for staying on the roof so long?

2. Which of the following is NOT true about Willa Jo and Little Sister at the beginning of Chapter 15?

3. Who is the gossip in Aunt Patty's neighborhood?

4. What grocery store does Aunt Patty take Willa Jo and Little Sister to one day?

5. What does Aunt Patty say to Willa Jo that lets her know she is fed up with her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Miss Pettibone do when Willa Jo says she is going to the drugstore to call Aunt Patty?

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

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

5. How do Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob differ in their approaches to relating to the girls?

6. What type of painting did Noreen create which she hoped would help the girls understand Baby's death?

7. What message is Uncle Hob hoping the girls get from his story about staying with his grieving grandfather?

8. Why does Aunt Patty suggest taking the girls home with her for awhile and how does Willa Jo secretly feel about it?

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

10. Why do all the other girls blame Willa Jo when Miss Pettibone gets upset with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Audrey Couloumbis' use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where she did.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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