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. This event causes finances to be low at the beginning of Chapter 2.

2. How does Uncle Chris make his money?

3. Why can't any of the girls boil water for the tea during the reception?

4. Which items hang proudly on the wall in Mama and Papa's bedroom?

5. What item does Hester plan to bring to the reception?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the school holding a reception?

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

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

4. What makes Miss Grimes such a mean woman?

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

6. How does Katrin plan to keep the meat balls hot enough for an after school reception?

7. Why does Mama want to move to the Steiner Street house immediately?

8. In what ways is Mr. Hyde valuable to the family?

9. Why does Katrin enter the writing contest?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, symbolism is an important theme. Discuss the use and meaning of the following symbols: the silver brooch, Christine's wages, and Katrin's writing brochures.

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

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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