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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 does Simon invite Maren to attend in Chapter 6?
2. In Chapter 2, how much does Osbert weight?
3. What gift does Maren receive from O'Neill in Chapter 7?
4. In Chapter 1, what type of flower does Maren pick on her way home for supper?
5. In Chapter 3, who gave O'Neill to Scarff?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who cursed Scarff and Verity and why?
2. How does Scarff say that he met Verity in Chapter 10?
3. How is a section of Pinkney's field set up for the medicine show?
4. Why does Simon come to Auntie's house in Chapter 6?
5. In Chapter 4, what happens when Maren tells Simon that she wants a pair of gloves at the medicine show?
6. How does Clara describe the caravan that Scarff and O'Neill travel with?
7. In Chapter 8, what do Auntie and Clara tell Simon when he comes to take Maren to a dance?
8. In Chapter 11 where does O'Neill sleep and why?
9. In Chapter 7, what do Maren and Clara do after breakfast on Christmas morning?
10. In Chapter 1, how is Maren changing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are several mysteries in the novel: the parentage of Maren, Clara, and O’Neill; the relationship between Auntie and Scarff; and the way that Maren is becoming a mermaid. What mysteries are solved in the book? How are those mysteries solved? What mysteries are left unanswered?
Essay Topic 2
Dr. Phipps and his family are evil and manipulative. How do the Phipps get O’Neill, Clara, and Maren to work in the show? What methods are used to force O’Neill, Clara, and Maren to participate in the show? In what way is the Phipps family evil and manipulative?
Essay Topic 3
O’Neill kisses Clara, which affects her in a variety of ways. Why does Clara have mixed feelings about O’Neill’s kiss? How does the kiss affect the way that Clara views O’Neill?
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