Visions of Sugar Plums 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 strange occurrence has been happening all over town?

2. What does Stephanie do for a living?

3. What is the surname of the main character?

4. Stephanie's explanation of the case finally causes Briggs to:

5. What item does Stephanie throw out into the hall?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Lula's opinion on being politically correct?

2. Lula offers to stay with Stephanie at the workshop. What is Lula's reaction when she learns about the elves? What does Lula say about the elves?

3. How do Diesel and Stephanie find the location of the workshop? What does Stephanie do next?

4. Explain the scene at the mall, beginning with the parking lot.

5. Who does Stephanie call to get information on Sandy Claws? How does she intend to get it?

6. Stephanie is talking to her mother when Valerie comes into the kitchen. What news does Valerie give to Stephanie?

7. What is the outcome of Mary Alice's Christmas crisis?

8. What does Stephanie say to Joe in regards to Diesel? What does Joe say?

9. Stephanie's nieces are at the Plum house. What are the nieces' names and ages? What is unique about them?

10. What is the one issue that completely confounds Stephanie? What is Stephanie's opinion on the subject?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Stephanie is known for getting into trouble in virtually any kind of situation. Ranger, Stephanie's mentor and friend, makes it a point to watch out for Stephanie at all times. Examine how and why Ranger keeps such close tabs on Stephanie. What tools does Ranger use to keep tabs on Stephanie? Who often helps Ranger? How does Ranger always seem to know if Stephanie is in danger? What special gifts does Ranger have in this area?

Essay Topic 2

Much of the story revolves around Sandy's elves. Discuss the elves and their job at the factory. Discuss Randy's new job as an elf and how Stephanie gets involved in the operation. Also discuss Lula's fascination with and eventual fear of elves. Examine the scenes in which Stephanie and Lula encounter the elves.

Essay Topic 3

Valerie finds out she is pregnant and the entire family is in a tizzy about the news. Valerie's boyfriend, Albert, faints a lot. Discuss Valerie's illness and pregnancy. What does Valerie intend to do about the baby? How will Valerie raise a third child? What part does Albert play in the pregnancy? How does Stephanie react to Valerie's situation? What do you think will happen with Valerie and Albert?

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