Mama's Bank Account Test | Final 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 Mama buy with her coat money?

2. Who says, "I promise you your husban'--he will be alright."

3. What does Nels nickname the refinished basement?

4. What happens to Papa in the kitchen before Dr. Johnson comes over?

5. Who was Aunt Elna betrothed to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mama buy with her coat money?

2. Why does Nels break up with Cora?

3. Why does Mama go flying?

4. Why does Peder marry a woman from Oslo instead of Elna?

5. Why does Mrs. Beauchamp handle Dr. Beauchamp's accounting needs?

6. Why does Cora call Nels "Nelson"?

7. Why can Mama comfort Christine when Nels and Frank can not?

8. Why is Mrs. Beauchamp angry when she discovers who the carpenter is?

9. Why does Christine come back to San Francisco to have her baby?

10. Why do the aunts and uncles give Mama money before she asks them for help?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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