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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What event is held at the courthouse?
(a) Ice cream social
(b) Art exhibit
(c) Barbershop quartet show
(d) Political rally

2. What does Billie Jo see on the way to the store?
(a) Mountains
(b) Tumbleweeds
(c) Rib-thin cattle
(d) Car dealership

3. What is in the pail that Ma grabs in the kitchen?
(a) Water
(b) Oats
(c) Oil
(d) Kerosene

4. Billie Jo cannot forgive her father for _________________________.
(a) The pail of kerosene left by the stove
(b) Not loving her enough
(c) Not buying her a new dress
(d) Abandoning her

5. Ma thinks they should try growing some crops that do better in dry weather like cotton or ______________.
(a) Corn
(b) Alfalfa
(c) Soybeans
(d) Sorghum

6. Which of the following is not one of the things Billie Jo expects to eat after the apples are ripe?
(a) Cake
(b) Candy
(c) Sauce
(d) Pudding

7. Billie Jo is glad to be around Mad Dog because he _________________________ or treat her like she's handicapped.
(a) Doesn't drink alcohol
(b) Doesn't stare at her hands
(c) Doesn't leer at her
(d) Doesn't swear

8. For what fruit does Billie Jo have a fondness?
(a) Apples
(b) Grapes
(c) Peaches
(d) Pears

9. What helps Billie Jo escape life's problems?
(a) Movies
(b) Sewing
(c) Reading
(d) Her piano

10. What does Billie Jo like to fall from the trees into her hair?
(a) Buds
(b) Twigs
(c) Blossoms
(d) Leaves

11. What does Miss Freeland explain to Billie Jo's class?
(a) How the drought happened
(b) The case for evolution
(c) The solar system
(d) The reasons for World War I

12. Ma is burned so badly that she is _______________________.
(a) Comatose
(b) Fevered
(c) Charred
(d) Unrecognizable

13. What noteworthy event happens in Hawaii in the summer of 1934?
(a) There is a pineapple pickers strike
(b) Mount Kilauea erupts
(c) Pearl Harbor is attacked
(d) The stereo is invented

14. After the exhibit is over, Billie Jo is angry because ___________________________.
(a) They didn't make enough money
(b) None of her painting sold
(c) She is on the clean-up crew
(d) She can't see more art

15. What does Billie Jo wish she could do in town?
(a) Pick up the show costumes
(b) Go to dinner
(c) Go to the movies
(d) Buy a new dress

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Daddy get a different job?

2. What do the neighbors talk about after Ma's funeral?

3. What scholastic achievement does Billie Jo reach?

4. Billie Jo says about her father that "If he had cried, his tears would have been __________ too, but he didn't cry."

5. What does Daddy feed Ma?

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