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. 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?
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the Shepherd and the Bumpus families.
1. In what ways do the Bumpuses annoy the Old Man and his family?
2. Despite the stark differences between the Shepherds and the Bumpuses, what makes each family bizarre and eccentric in its own way?
Essay Topic 2
A day at the County Fair turns into another opportunity for the author to showcase the Shepherds' eccentricities. Describe the fair experience from the viewpoint of each family member -- Mother, Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator. Who seems to enjoy the fair the most, and why? Use examples to support your conclusion.
Essay Topic 3
For Wanda Hickey, prom night is a golden evening of wonder where she has the amazing good luck of going with the boy she's always had a crush on. How does the night turn out for her? Does it meet her expectations? Despite some mishaps, is she pleased with the evening? Would she have liked anything to have been different? Support your answers with passages from the book.
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