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. Which of the following did Noreen NOT do all morning when Baby was sick?

3. What does Willa Jo want more than anything?

4. Why does Willa Jo want to go to the drugstore?

5. What game do the girls play with the roof tiles?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Aunt Patty's laments regarding people's lack of appreciation for her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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