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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. Where did Noreen and Milly take the kids one day?
2. Aunt Patty introduces Little Sister as ______________.
3. Where did Noreen get the water for Baby at the carnival?
4. Aunt Patty says she is moving to _______________ where nobody will know her.
5. Who accompanies Noreen on the trip to pick up the girls?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was the nuclear family of Willa Jo and Little Sister prior to Baby's birth?
2. How does the author end the story on a hopeful note?
3. Why do Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob seem to enjoy sitting on the roof with the girls?
4. Why does Aunt Patty suggest taking the girls home with her for awhile and how does Willa Jo secretly feel about it?
5. What behavior was Noreen exhibiting that showed her depression and why was Willa Jo happy that Aunt Patty arrived?
6. Explain the symbolism of Willa Jo's dream and why Willa Jo is so angry.
7. Why do all the other girls blame Willa Jo when Miss Pettibone gets upset with them?
8. Describe what happened in the house on the morning that Baby died.
9. Even though Baby died at sunrise, what flicker of hope does a sunrise hold for the family?
10. What recurring dream does Willa Jo have and what does she do upon waking?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply "Getting Near to Baby". What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.
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 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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