Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Once the family arrives at the County Fair, the narrator accompanies his father where?
2. What do Mother and the boys do while the Old Man changes a flat tire on their way to Michigan?
3. The night before the County Fair, the Old Man says he doesn't care if Mother checks out the quilts and raspberry jams so long as he and the narrator can do what?
4. As the family drives to the lake, what happens when a chicken truck passes them?
5. What name does the narrator give his "weapon"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator's family react when he says that he's asked Daphne Bigelow out on a date?
2. Describe the yard of the Bumpus family.
3. Describe Daphne's and the narrator's date.
4. Describe the narrator's first major encounter with Josephine.
5. Describe the Shepherd family's annual summer vacation.
6. Explain how the narrator prepares for his spinning tops battle against Farkas.
7. Describe the race that the Old Man and the narrator watch at the County Fair.
8. Why does the narrator grow more and more uncomfortable at the party with Josephine?
9. What is top spinning, and why are the boys of Warren G. Harding Elementary School so obsessed with this pastime?
10. How does the narrator describe getting to the County Fair?
The Old Man is a study in contrasts. One minute he's cursing and complaining, the next he's laughing and joking about a challenge he just went through. Using examples from the book, create a description of the Old Man that shows him as a man of contrasts and mixed messages. How do his sons handle a father as unpredictable as theirs?
Although events rarely go according to plan and expectations, somehow the narrator gets through them and even manages to be content with the outcome. Explain what factors help the narrator maintain a positive attitude even when his hopes and dreams fail to materialize.
Explain how the author uses the following literary tools to make a point or accentuate the humorous and ridiculous aspects of a situation:
Cite at least two examples from the book to support your explanations.
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