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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who whistles a birthday salute in song for Penny on her special day?
2. Whom of the following asks a nurse whether Penny's father was really a spy?
3. Who stands up for Frankie by speaking on his behalf?
4. What does Frankie know that he has to do?
5. Why is Eleanor disappointed toward the end of Penny's twelfth birthday?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout most of the book, the details surrounding Penny's father's demise are kept from Penny by relatives from both her mother's and father's side. Could the basis for keeping such details from Penny be based on the relatives' determination to protect Penny? O to protect her father? Cite text and/or paraphrase scenarios from the book to support your position?
Essay Topic 2
As Penny begins her job at Falucci's Market, we meet Uncle Ralphie and Aunt Fulvia - a married couple who apparently do not see eye to eye in the area of finances. Specifically, what are the differences between them? Are either one of them justified in the position that they uphold? Who is right? Who would you side with and why? Include text and/or paraphrase scenarios from the book to support your position.
Essay Topic 3
The time comes when Penny realizes that the friendship between her mother and Mr. Mulligan is a romantic type. Does that time in Penny's life signal a forced end to her childhood in terms of having to let go of her father? Or does it signal the beginning of Penny's transition into adulthood in terms of accepting a new man in her mother's life, and a new father in hers? Cite examples and/or paraphrase scenarios from the book in support of your position.
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