The Cape Ann Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Faith Sullivan
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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 the event for which Lark sells tickets?

2. When does Maria say she'll come visit Aunt Betty?

3. What does Mama say she wants to occur by next year?

4. Why does Mama say Grandma Browning can't stay with Aunt Betty?

5. What skill does Mama say she's going to learn in order to find a job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Papa say to Lark when he comes into the bedroom to get a handkerchief and how does Lark respond?

2. How does Christmas change for the family after the plans emerge to go to California?

3. What is Papa's first excuse for where he'd been all night? What does he eventually admit about it?

4. What does Lark think of Beverly prior to the picnic and why does her attitude change during the event?

5. What is Papa's last-ditch effort to try to get Mama to remain? What are the reactions of Mama and Lark?

6. When Grandpa Browning asks Mama if she's crying over the money Papa lost, she lies. What does she say and how is this the same as what Aunt Betty had done to protect Uncle Stan?

7. Describe the condition of Aunt Betty's house when Lark and Mama arrive.

8. What are some of the ideas Mama, Aunt Betty, and Lark share about the new house while they're putting up the Christmas tree?

9. What is the reaction of the town when Hilly volunteers for the military? How does that change upon his return?

10. What is the effect of Aunt Betty's affair on Grandma, and what does Mama say about Grandma's reaction?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of trains in Lark's life? How does that compare to the role of people? Why are trains so important to her?

Essay Topic 2

What are the two main themes of this story? Give examples of each and explain their roles in the lives of the characters.

Essay Topic 3

Compare any two characters in the book. What are the similarities, differences, and roles of each in the story?

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