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 does Stephanie do for a living?

2. What object does Briggs use for the attack?

3. Who does Stephanie get to confirm the stranger's appearance?

4. Diesel mocks which of the following?

5. Stephanie is criticized for avoiding which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Diesel and Stephanie see when they return to Sandy's house?

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

3. What does Stephanie do once she realizes Diesel is not going to leave?

4. How does the visit to the workshop end? What is Lula's reaction?

5. What happens during the opening scene of the book? Who are the characters?

6. What news does Randy Briggs give Stephanie? What does Stephanie do?

7. What is Joe's reaction when he sees Diesel for the first time? The scene is related to what animal?

8. Grandma Mazur kicks up a fuss shortly before dinner. What is the problem?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Grandma Mazur is Helen Plum's mother and Frank Plum's archenemy. Discuss Grandma Mazur and why she drives Frank crazy. Discuss Grandma's relationship with Helen, Stephanie, and Valerie. Where does Grandma like to spend her time? Why does she live with Frank and Helen? What kind of influence does Grandma have on Stephanie?

Essay Topic 2

Frank Plum is a retired postal worker that drives a cab part time to get away from Grandma Mazur. Frank is often in the background, relegated to making snide comments yet plays a strong role in the Plum home and in Stephanie's life. Create a character description for Frank Plum. Include family relationships and Frank's love of food and television.

Essay Topic 3

Diesel is particularly interested in apprehending a man named Ring. Who is Ring? Why does Diesel want to find him? What has the man done? What kind of things occur when Ring is in the area? Does Ring know Diesel? What is the relationship between the two men? What happens every time Diesel gets close to Ring?

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