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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. What hobby does Aunt Pat introduce to Russell?

2. In seventh grade, what farm produce does Russell write about?

3. What happens to Russell's mother at the age of eighty?

4. What superstitions does Ida Rebecca believe, but Lucy Elizabeth does not?

5. What two women in Russell's early life were involved in a hateful feud?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Russell's memories of the women's work in Morrisonville?

2. What does Uncle Edwin do for a living?

3. What is Lucy Elizabeth's greatest wish for Russell, and how does she help him strive for his goals?

4. How does Lucy Elizabeth meet Benjamin?

5. To whom does Lucy "give up" Audrey?

6. Where has Russell and his family gone to celebrate the hog-butchering season?

7. How does Lucy punish Russell when he misbehaves?

8. What ghost did Ida Rebecca once claim to see?

9. How does the author describe his mother's attitude toward men?

10. Explain the family's long lost fortune.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like everyone, Russell has insecurities about himself. How do his insecurities change over the years? Examine Russell as:

1) A small child.

2) A boy.

3) An adolescent.

4) A teenager.

5) A young man.

What are his biggest concerns at each age? How does he overcome his fears?

Essay Topic 2

Reexamine Chapter 3. Lucy comes of age in a turbulent time. Between what two personal and political ideas is she torn? How does this split manifest itself in her life, according to Russell's account? Provide at least three examples from the text. How has her upbringing contributed to these views?

Essay Topic 3

What is the style of this work? What elements does the author blend together? What is the end result? How does the author make the adolescent and childhood experiences translate into meaningful reading for adults? Do you enjoy reading nonfiction and biographical works? Why or why not? Did you enjoy reading this book? Explain.

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