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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. Honey Creek is a small farm town in the ______________ part of Illinois.
2. It was a rare bit of praise for a child overshadowed by whom?
3. While Ruth is working for Miss Finch, she begins to do what?
4. They often share personal stories, and sometimes Miss Finch talks about her husband and what?
5. Why did Ruth have to pay special attention in school?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Ruth remember about one Christmas?
2. What led to a friendship between Ruth and Aunt Sid?
3. What takes place between Ruth and Ruby?
4. Why does Ruth believe the people in town must feel sorry for her and her family?
5. How does Artie get Ruth involved in an activity?
6. What did Ruth think about these letters from Sid? Why?
7. Who is Dee Dee Foote? What does Dee Dee Foote bring out in May?
8. What happened when May met Elmer Grey?
9. Why is Ruth teased in school? How does she deal with this?
10. What leads to Ruth torturing Matt?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
May becomes friends with Dee Dee.
Part 1) Describe their friendship. Why might these two be friends?
Part 2) What is learned about May through this relationship? What might be the cause for this different behavior?
Part 3) How do you act differently around different people? Why? What might this reveal about you?
Essay Topic 2
Ruth and her brother Matt have a trouble relationship.
Part 1) Describe this relationship. How has it come to be like this? What role do their parents play in this relationship?
Part 2) How does the treatment of these two backfire on May? Did she purposely mean to raise them unequally? Why or why not?
Part 3) Describe your own upbringing. How does it compare to Ruth's and Matt's?
Essay Topic 3
Tensions build in the Grey-Dahl household.
Part 1) How do tensions build at various times in the story? Why do they build? How does this tension affect the various characters?
Part 2) Is this tension worse at the end of the story? Why or why not? Could this tension have been relieved at any point? If so, how? If not, why not?
Part 3) How does tension help to move the plot along? How does it create action in this story?
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