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. Where does Katrin see the janitress?

2. Who tells Katrin she is "getting away with murder"?

3. Who leaves Mama a check?

4. Where does Mama count the family's money every week?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is unusual about the way that Uncle Chris spends his money?

3. Why does Katrin enter the writing contest?

4. Why does Katrin volunteer to bring something to the reception at school?

5. Why is the attic a special place for Katrin?

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

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

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

9. Does Katrin enjoy her first day at Winford?

10. How does Mama save the day at the reception?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Education plays an important role throughout the book. Mama values education and wants the best for her children. Why is education so important to Mama and do the children feel the same way about education? How do Mama and Papa show the reader how much they value education? Provide examples.

Essay Topic 2

How does the family's Norwegian culture play an important role throughout the novel? Does their cultural background add depth to the novel or is it unnecessary? Often times throughout the book the adults begin conversing in Norwegian. What is the importance of this?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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