The Story of My Life 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. What about Helen's temperament served her well to help her overcome obstacles?

2. Why was Helen's small vocabulary of signs not enough?

3. Why did Sullivan take Helen outside?

4. What did Helen do to Mildred when she was in a rage?

5. What did Helen indicate she did not know about Pilgrims at the time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Helen doing when Anne taught her the concept of what it meant to think?

2. What was the progression of Helen's learning?

3. After Helen learned and understood the spellings for things that first day, how did she go to bed that night?

4. What were the big events that Helen was able to participate in during 1893?

5. What did Anne reason about the way normal children's language skills develop and how did she apply that to Helen?

6. What happened to Helen the first time she was in the ocean?

7. What happened to Helen, Mildred and Miss Sullivan as they tried to find their way home when they were lost in the woods?

8. What bothered Helen and her new doll and what did she do about it?

9. How did Helen begin to learn how to read?

10. How did Helen feel about Shakespeare and how did her feelings change from the time she was a child to an young adult?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What would you consider to be the main theme of this novel? Why do you think this is the theme? In what ways does this theme extend beyond the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Do you believe that Helen gives Anne the appropriate credit, too much credit or too little credit? Why do you feel this way?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think books played such an important part in Helen's life? What plays the most important part in your life? Why do you think that is the case?

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