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 animal does Helen drag home?

2. Why wasn't Mildred hurt?

3. Who else in Helen's family seemed to be verbally gifted?

4. How did Helen feel as her vocabulary increased?

5. In what year did Anne Sullivan come to teach Helen?

Short Essay Questions

1. At age nine, what did Helen experience for the first time?

2. How did Helen's tantrums change and how did this make most of her family and friends feel?

3. What allowed Helen to forget all of the controversy about her plagiarism?

4. What is The Story of My Life and when was it written?

5. What disappointed Helen about her time at the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf?

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

7. What were some of the activities that Martha and Helen would do together?

8. Why did Anne take Helen outside when she went into a rage and broke her new doll?

9. What happened as a result of the plagiarizing incident for Helen?

10. What happened when Helen wrote her very first story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways did Helen change throughout the novel? In what ways did she remain the same? Do you think Helen herself recognized how she changed or did it just become more apparent to others? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you believe the trip to Baltimore was such an important part of Helen's life? Why do you think she is able to clearly remember the amount of detail so many years later? Have you ever experienced an event like this? If so, describe it. If not, why not?

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