Growing Up Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. How does Lucy mark Russell's transition into adolescence?

2. Why is Jim a poor flight instructor?

3. After running away from the orphanage, where did Mimi find work?

4. What is Herb's only vice?

5. What is the community's problem with Joe Louis, the heavyweight champion?

Short Essay Questions

1. In 1939, who does Lucy begin dating?

2. After what event does Russell apply for the Navy?

3. What is Russell's writing success in Mr. Fleagle's class?

4. When Germany surrenders, where is Russell sent to await orders?

5. After Belleville, where does the family move?

6. Explain Mimi's childhood.

7. How successful is Hal's lumber company?

8. What happens on Russell and Mimi's date to Washington?

9. Why doesn't Lucy approve of Mimi?

10. What are Russell and Lucy's letters back and forth about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character profile of Uncle Harold. Include:

1) What is his background?

2) How does he know Russell?

3) What do Harold and Russell have in common?

4) Discuss Harold's relationship with Doris.

Essay Topic 2

Part of growing up is testing boundaries. How does Russell begin to test his boundaries with Lucy? How old is he? How old is she? Even as a child, how much does Russell understand about being punished by Lucy? Why does she decide to punish him in such a way? Who is more upset by Russell's punishments--Russell or Lucy? Why does Russell refuse to cry? Use these leading questions to create a profile of young Russell, battling against Lucy's determination that he will make something of himself.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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