Pictures of Hollis Woods Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. By what name does Steven want to call Hollis?

2. What vehicle is Steven working on while Hollis paints Old Man's Mountain?

3. What does Josie say she will make for Hollis if Hollis stays?

4. What does Hollis do with the picture she draws of the woman in #4?

5. What name does Hollis call the lady she is staying with now?

Short Essay Questions

1. What arrangements has the Mustard Woman made for Hollis with a woman named Eleanor?

2. Why does Hollis have a difficult time trying to draw a picture of Steven playing checkers with her on the day they met?

3. How is Hollis preoccupied with the Regans even while she is living with Josie?

4. What nickname does Hollis call Mr. Regan?

5. When does Hollis first learn that the Regans want to adopt her, and what does she plan to do when that happens?

6. What special gift does the Old Man give to Hollis one night?

7. How is Hollis' joy at earning four dollars squelched when she sees the Mustard Woman at Josie's house?

8. What dream is Beatrice about to realize and what does Hollis do diligently to show that she wants to stay with Josie?

9. Describe Hollis' first fishing experience.

10. Why does Hollis try not to think about her "W" picture while staying with Josie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Steven. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were his dreams and fears? What was most valuable to him in his world?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS. What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

Essay Topic 3

The need to belong takes on an almost human persona in this book. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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