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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 is Mother's response to Nanny's suggestion of where she be married?

2. For how long has Sammy been aware of the new information he gives Mother?

3. What is Father's favorite kind of pie?

4. Once the children leave the house, what does Mother do?

5. After she voices her opinion on the state of the house and barn, what is Mother's reaction to Father's response?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the end of the story to let the reader know the conclusion?

2. What does the introduction do for the reader?

3. What does Mother do for Father before he leaves in Section 3?

4. Explain whether the decision Mother makes while Father is absent is a major undertaking. Provide reasons for your answer.

5. Describe Father's attitude as he gives Mother the instructions before he leaves on his trip.

6. Describe Nanny's reaction to her Mother's news about the location of the digging.

7. Mother makes the following comment to Nanny: "Unsolicited opportunities are the guideposts of the Lord to the new roads of life." What does Mother mean by this statement?

8. "The Revolt of 'Mother'" is Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman's most wel- known short story. Explain why this short story is so well known.

9. What does each of the family members do after Father comes in from his work?

10. Toward the end of her confrontation with Father, what does Mother say in anger to try to convince Father that he is wrong to build a barn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This piece of literature is in the genre of the short story. Do you think the brevity of it adds to the plot? Would you have liked to have seen the plot and characters developed further? Or is the length more than sufficient to prove the point the author is trying to make?

Essay Topic 2

Write about the social convention of the way women were viewed during this time in, as portrayed in this essay. Why do you think the author wrote this story with regard to the way women were viewed? What was the author's point in writing this short story? Was she trying to effect change or simply providing a humorous look at marriage?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing how symbolism is used to develop the primary theme. Which elements of symbolism are most effective in developing the plot? Which elements of symbolism are most effective in developing tension? Which elements of symbolism are most effective in developing intrigue?

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