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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. A dream about _______________ wakens Willa Jo.
2. What reason does Little Sister give for staying on the roof so long?
3. Who did Noreen talk to a lot of times while her husband was away?
4. Little Sister and Peter knock over a display of ___________________ in the grocery.
5. Little Sister almost slips off the roof when _____________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. What type of painting did Noreen create which she hoped would help the girls understand Baby's death?
2. What lessons has Aunt Patty learned by having the girls with her for awhile?
3. What behavior was Noreen exhibiting that showed her depression and why was Willa Jo happy that Aunt Patty arrived?
4. What are Aunt Patty's laments regarding people's lack of appreciation for her?
5. How do Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob differ in their approaches to relating to the girls?
6. Explain the story Uncle Hob tells the girls about the summer he spent with his grandfather after his grandmother died.
7. Why does Willa Jo associate Baby's death with the sunrise?
8. Explain the symbolism of Willa Jo's dream and why Willa Jo is so angry.
9. What type of emotion does Aunt Patty show when she asks if Little Sister had drunk any of the water at the carnival?
10. Why do Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob seem to enjoy sitting on the roof with the girls?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are several events of foreshadowing in "Getting Near to Baby". Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.
Essay Topic 2
Create a brief character study of Uncle Hob. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were his dreams and fears? What was most valuable to him in his world?
Essay Topic 3
Explain the role of women in the American South during the 20th century. What precedents did these women feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? How were their lives significantly more difficult than the lives of 21st century women?
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