Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories 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 name does the narrator give his "weapon"?

2. At the start of Story Four, what reminds the narrator of his annual family vacations to Clear Lake, Michigan?

3. How long does the Shepherd-Bumpus feud last?

4. What does the narrator say to get Scut Farkas to challenge him at top spinning?

5. How many Bumpuses move next door to the narrator and his family?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't the narrator ask Daphne Bigelow to the prom?

2. What is the final outcome of the battle of the spinning tops between Scut Farkas and the narrator?

3. Describe the yard of the Bumpus family.

4. How does the narrator ask Wanda Hickey to the prom?

5. Describe the race that the Old Man and the narrator watch at the County Fair.

6. What conflict exists for the narrator regarding the night of the party that he's invited to by Josephine?

7. Describe the conditions inside the car during the drive to Clear Lake, Michigan.

8. What happens when Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator ride the Whirligig Rocket Whip?

9. Who does most of the work when it's time to prepare for the narrator's annual vacation?

10. Where does the narrator live when he is an adult?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book's time line covers the narrator's childhood and teen years. How does the narrator change, develop, and grow from the beginning to the end of the book? In what ways do the stories evolve? In what instances does the author seem to act about the same as a teenager as he did as a child?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the narrator's expectations of his date with Josie and the reality of how the date turns out. What lessons does he learn through this experience? How does he behave after this date? What mistakes will he probably not make again?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author illustrate group or mob mentality through some of his stories? What messages does he convey regarding group behavior? What conclusions can you reach about his own thoughts and feelings on this subject?

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