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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. How does Julie's aunt make amends?

2. Why does Julie feel vulnerable?

3. Who escorts the Eltwings?

4. With what is Julie's house filled?

5. What is odd about Mrs. Eltwing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Julie think about Jonathan?

2. What does Aunt Cordelia try to do for the Kilpin family and how does she feel when she returns home?

3. What is a drastic change in Julie's life when she is ten? How is she involved in it?

4. Who is excited about Julie's birthday party?

5. What do Julie and Chris do with Aunt Cordelia every day and what does she do?

6. Why is Julie happy the summer between her junior and senior year?

7. How does Uncle Haskell help Julie with her loneliness after Chris leaves?

8. Why does Julie feel vulnerable when she gets up after her mother's funeral?

9. How did Julie finish high school?

10. What does Julie think about moving back in with her father?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In this chapter, the author relies heavily on the use of memory as Laura recalls the story of Aunt Cordelia and Jonathan Eltwing and relays the story to Julie. In this way, the author can provide more information about Aunt Cordelia's character without the filters normally applied, when a person talks about himself.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the book and your life to support your answer.

2. Do you think the way the author relayed information about Aunt Cordelia in chapter 5 was the best way to give this information? Why or why not?

3. Why do you think Laura talking to Julie can provide more information about Aunt Cordelia than her talking about herself?

Essay Topic 2

Carlotta thinks that Julie's decision to live at Aunt Cordelia's house during her high school years is a sign of madness, because no boy will want to drive out to the country to pick up Julie for dates. If the distance from town were not enough of a deterrent, surely no boy would want to encounter Aunt Cordelia if he did not have to.

1. Do you that Carlotta is correct? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Julie should make a decision as to where to live based on whether she will find boys to date? Why or why not?

3. Explain what you would do in Julie's situation.

Essay Topic 3

The author also uses visual imagery when describing the violent piano playing of the timid Mrs. Eltwing. "Waves of music crashed throughout the rooms of the old house, mountains began to shake and comets to fall under her hands while I could imagine tidal waves rolling in and the wind uprooting trees and sending ships spinning to the bottom of the sea. Then as my heart seemed almost ready to burst with the tumult, her music suddenly subsided and the sky became bright; the storm was over."

1. Explain why the author's description of Mrs. Eltwing helped to show her as a character.

2. What can you guess about Mrs. Eltwing's personality from Chapter 5?

3. How do you think a timid person like Mrs. Eltwing appears to be could be such a violent pianist? Use examples from the book and your life to support your answer.

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