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 happens when Grover Dill insults Delbert Bumpus' name?

2. The Old Man is loyal to the Oldsmobile, but he deviates from his dedication to drive what automobile brand?

3. What is the name of the Indiana town where most of the stories in the book supposedly take place?

4. As the family drives to the lake, what happens when a chicken truck passes them?

5. Does the narrator tell his friends about his training and his intentions to beat Scut Farkas?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator trick Farkas into challenging him to a battle of spinning tops?

2. How do the brothers behave at the County Fair?

3. Where does the narrator find a top worthy of a battle against Scut Farkas, the school's bully and master top spinner?

4. Describe the yard of the Bumpus family.

5. How does the Old Man feel towards the Bumpus family?

6. How does the house next door to the Shepherds transform after the Bumpus family moves in?

7. Describe some of what makes the Shepherd family a traditional one.

8. Explain how the narrator prepares for his spinning tops battle against Farkas.

9. How does the narrator describe getting to the County Fair?

10. At the end of the Shepherd family's County Fair excursion, what is the Old Man's assessment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a young person, the narrator spends a great deal of time living in his world of daydreams and imagination. How does the reality of his life compare to the world of his imagination? How do his daydreams serve him when reality is full of disappointments?

Essay Topic 2

How does the narrator feel after the battles against Scut Farkas, the school bully, in top-spinning matches? Who wins? Does it even matter who wins, or does the narrator grow in confidence and self-assurance as a result of his desire to best the bully? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

The author creates colorful, larger than life characters who somehow appear very real. Explain how the author maintains a balance between fabricating fictitious, exaggerated characters and assigning attributes that make them seem like real people.

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