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 was Willa Jo secretly happy that Aunt Patty showed up?

2. Why did Uncle Hob stay with his grandfather that summer?

3. Willa Jo has a scary dream about Baby ____________________.

4. Liz is on her way to the store to buy _______________.

5. What is one of Aunt Patty's grievances at the house?

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. What recurring dream does Willa Jo have and what does she do upon waking?

3. What behavior was Noreen exhibiting that showed her depression and why was Willa Jo happy that Aunt Patty arrived?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why do Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob seem to enjoy sitting on the roof with the girls?

Essay Topics

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

"Getting Near to Baby" is a classic example of a coming-of-age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

Essay Topic 3

What is the greatest lesson Willa Jo learns from Aunt Patty? Is it that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Willa Jo always recall about her experiences during her twelfth summer?

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