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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 do the children whisper?

2. What is the aunt's response?

3. Who is moving to town?

4. What does Julie do with her party invitations?

5. To what does Aunt Cordelia often treat Julie and Chris for their help?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Aunt Cordelia make her money and what else does she do?

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

6. How do Laura and Julie's father feel about her time with Uncle Haskell and what do they do about it?

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

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

9. What does Jonathan say about Julie and how does she feel about it?

10. What challenges Aunt Cordelia most about teaching and what does she encourage Julie and the other girls to do? How do they feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Julie remembers an old hiding place in a closet under the stairs and she climbs in hoping to avoid seeing Mrs. Peters, Danny, and Carlotta. Mrs. Peters outwits Julie and discovers the girl's hiding place but is unsuccessful at retrieving her. Ultimately, Aunt Cordelia returns home, learns of Julie's hiding place from Mrs. Peters, and climbs in beside Julie where aunt and niece hold each other and sob in their mutual grief.

1. Do you think this is the best thing Aunt Cordelia could have done? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Julie is being difficult by hiding? Why or why not?

3. How do you think you would react and what would you do if you were in Julie's place?

Essay Topic 2

Aunt Cordelia shares some of the sorrows from the childhood she shared with Uncle Haskell, and Julie feels even more gratitude for the abundance of love she has received in her life.

1. Do you think Uncle Haskell's childhood was what propelled him towards alcohol? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think some people have difficult childhoods but don't turn to drugs or alcohol?

3. Do you think Uncle Haskell's drinking was a form of slow suicide to escape memories of childhood? Why or why not?

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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