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. 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?

2. Who successfully rings the bell at the County Fair strong man exhibit?

3. What is the little wooden house with the moon on the door found in the Bumpus' yard?

4. What does the narrator find, after almost not seeing it, tucked between two looming buildings?

5. What does the Old Man do trying to get a glimpse of the new family that moves in next door?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is top spinning, and why are the boys of Warren G. Harding Elementary School so obsessed with this pastime?

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

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

4. What are some of the misadventures the family experiences on their drive to Michigan?

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

6. How does Delbert Bumpus disrupt life at school?

7. Which member of the narrator's family seems to be the most excited at the County Fair?

8. Describe the Shepherd family's annual summer vacation.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

1. Explain how the author chooses to lead up to the Shepherd family's experiences at the County Fair.

2. Is this method of starting with a present event and then looking back across time an effective one? Why or why not?

3. Is this technique used in other stories in the book? If so, cite at least one more example and analyze its effectiveness.

Essay Topic 3

On their annual trip to Michigan, the narrator and his family encounter one obstacle after another. Despite their ups and downs, the family members are able to stay excited about their vacation. As an adult, the narrator says these vacations were very memorable. Explain why adversity in life creates memories, using examples from the book and from your own experience.

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