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. What does Uncle Haskell applaud?

2. What does Uncle Haskell say that Aunt Cordelia is doing?

3. What do the children whisper?

4. Of what does Bill assure Julie?

5. What enlivens Mrs. Eltwing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Julie when she awakens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. From what type of family did Jonathan come?

10. What happens to Julie when Laura takes her to her room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After almost two miserable months, Julie wakes one day with the realization that she has finally dismissed Brett from her mind and for the first time in a long time she is happy and peaceful.

1. Why do you think Julie was happy once she finally let go of Brett?

2. Some say that the only way to be happy in the present is to let go of the past. What do you think this means? Do you believe it is true? Why or why not?

3. What are some of the problems a person encounters after breaking up with a boy/girl friend?

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

The author uses the literary technique of irony in this chapter when presenting the sad state of Aggie's death. Ironically, only after her death does Aggie receive the tender washing and bodily care she desperately needed when she was alive.

1. With research, give an explanation of the irony about Aggie's death, including a brief definition of irony.

2. Why do you think an author would use irony in a story?

3. Describe an ironic event you've been in or have heard about.

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