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. How does the narrator describe the sound that his spinning top makes?

2. When a crowd of kids gathers around the narrator and Farkas as they battle it out with their fancy spinning tops, what is the collective wish?

3. On the family road trip, where do the narrator and his brother fit in a car that is so full of supplies?

4. Where do most kids get their tops from?

5. On Saturday night, right before the family trip to Michigan, what does the Old Man say about their departure?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Delbert Bumpus disrupt life at school?

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

4. Describe the yard of the Bumpus family.

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

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

7. How does the author lead the narrator into telling the story of his top-spinning battle with Scut Farkas?

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

9. How does the Old Man handle all the problems the family encounters en route to Michigan?

10. Describe the sense of anticipation the Shepherd family members feel as they prepare to experience the County Fair. What is each family member looking forward to the most?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the author uses the following literary tools to make a point or accentuate the humorous and ridiculous aspects of a situation:

a. exaggeration

b. contrast

Cite at least two examples from the book to support your explanations.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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