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. Who is Mrs. Peters?

2. What is the main idea of the note that Uncle Haskell slips under Julie's door?

3. Where is Chris going?

4. What do Chris and Julie discover in the woods one day?

5. Why might Aunt Cordelia be looking forward to seeing Jonathan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the townspeople think of Aunt Cordelia tutoring Jonathan?

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

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

4. How is Julie and Aggie's relationship the rest of the school year and what happens in the summer that bothers Julie?

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. 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?

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

9. Why did Aunt Cordelia decide to host a birthday party for Julie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Julie is envious of Laura, who retains all the securities of home but does not realize that Laura's memories of their Mother are more defined. Her grief is a burden that Julie cannot understand.

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

2. Why do you think Julie and Laura have reacted differently to their mother's death?

3. Do you think Laura might be envious of Julie? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Julie hesitantly approves of the changes Alicia has made to the house but is appalled to discover that Alicia has converted Laura's old bedroom into an office. Alicia had no way of knowing that Julie coveted that room.

1. Do you think Alicia should have talked with Julie before making changes to the house? Why or why not?

2. Change is always difficult and Julie has had many changes in her young life. Discuss how you see the changes affecting her as a person. Use examples from the book and your life to support your answer.

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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