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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. Why didn't Helen have any fits of temper while she was with her parents on the trip to see the eye doctor?

2. In what way did Helen show a normal child's natural fascination?

3. What did Helen compare the trip she took to?

4. Which of the following literary terms did Anne use to help Helen with her learning about nature and life?

5. How did Helen and Anne spend he rest of the day after Helen made the connection between the finger spelling and objects?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Helen's approach to religion after Bishop Brooks died?

2. How did Helen take her preliminary exams to enter Radcliffe College?

3. What position did Helen hold in the family and how was she treated?

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

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

6. How does Helen describe her feelings about her tree friends?

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

8. What happened during the rest of the summer as Helen's vocabulary grew?

9. How was Helen able to learn some of the basics of geography and what did she think she was actually doing?

10. What was a first for Helen when she attended Cambridge School for Young Ladies?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Helen does so much namedropping throughout this novel? Do you believe it is necessary? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How did Helen learn to systematically work through something that would not offer her immediate gratification? What in her young life prepared her her for this type of work?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways was Helen's development similar to that of a so called normal child? In what ways was her development different? Do you think that she skipped any developmental milestones that other children experienced?

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