Mama's Bank Account Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kathryn Forbes
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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 does the narrator try to give Mama at the end of Chapter 1?

2. Where does the family move when they left the Castro Street house?

3. Why is Katrin upset with her classmates during the reception?

4. What is the name of the first boarder the family had at the Steiner Street house?

5. Where does Mama put the wine during the reception?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mama want to see her child in the hospital after the operation?

2. Why is the school holding a reception?

3. How does Carmelita help Katrin for the writing contest?

4. How does the family feel about how Uncle Chris spends his money?

5. Why does Katrin enter the writing contest?

6. Why does Katrin want to become a famous author?

7. How does Mama's Bank Account make the children feel?

8. Why is Uncle Chris called "the black Norwegian"?

9. What two tricks does Mama play on the nurses to sneak in to see her child?

10. In what ways is Mr. Hyde a fraud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is school so important to Mama and Papa? Would they be proud of their children if they chose not to go to school?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of savings accounts and banks are important throughout the book. Although the book is called "Mama's Bank Account" the family rarely mentions either account. Compare and contrast Mama's Bank Account and The Little Bank and explain why the author does not mention the accounts very much, but chooses to title the book after one of them.

Essay Topic 3

There is a common theme throughout the novel of anything being possible when it comes to family. Mama often says "is good" or "all is good." What does she mean by this statement, and why is it repeated throughout the book? Describe two or three instances when a family member shows that he or she will do anything to protect or show love for another family member.

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