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. Why does Little Sister say she had not spoken since Baby's death?

2. What did Aunt Patty offer to pay for for Noreen?

3. What does Aunt Patty do that surprises the girls?

4. Noreen has called and wants to _________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the story Uncle Hob tells the girls about the summer he spent with his grandfather after his grandmother died.

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

3. What does Uncle Hob do to ingratiate himself to the girls while they're sitting on the roof?

4. How does the author end the story on a hopeful note?

5. Explain the symbolism of Willa Jo's dream and why Willa Jo is so angry.

6. 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?

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

8. Why has Aunt Patty joined the others sitting on the roof?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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