Up a Road Slowly 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. How do Julie and the others respond?

2. What does Uncle Haskell applaud?

3. How does Cordelia's father squelch rumors about Jonathan and Cordelia when she is tutoring him?

4. What is the aunt's occupation?

5. What relationship is Jonathan Eltwing to Aunt Cordelia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Aunt Cordelia upset with Julie's invitations and what does Julie do?

2. What news arrives towards the end of the summer?

3. What does Uncle Haskell tell Julie about Aggie's death?

4. Where is Julie when she awakens?

5. Why does Julie envy Laura but what does Laura feel that Julie cannot understand?

6. What happens when Julie visits Laura and Bill and what does Bill tell her?

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

8. What can Aunt Cordelia be counted on for and how does Julie feel towards her?

9. What is announced a few weeks after the children discover Uncle Haskell's secret?

10. What does Julie do when she hears the children say she will be going away and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The symbolism of the book's title becomes clear by the end of the story in that Julie learns that she has learned many lessons but has many more to learn along the road of her life.

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

2. Discuss when you think a person finishes learning in life and why you think it. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think many people say that life is a road one walks? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Before the end of the summer, Julie and Chris stumble onto Uncle Haskell's activities involving his golf bag. Following Uncle Haskell into the woods one night, Julie and Chris watch Uncle Haskell retrieve a spade from his bag. Thinking that Uncle Haskell is probably burying all sorts of dead creatures in the woods, Julie and Chris unearth some of the little graves the next day only to discover empty whiskey bottles.

1. Why do you think Uncle Haskell buries his empty whiskey bottles? Use examples from the book and your experience to support your answer.

2. After researching intervention with alcoholics explain why you think the family should or shouldn't do one on Uncle Haskell.

3. Do you think it was wrong of Chris and Julie to follow their Uncle Haskell? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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