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. Who is Scut Farkas?

2. For how many years does the Shepherd family take its annual pilgrimage to Clear Lake?

3. What person does the forty-seven pound pumpkin at the County Fair resemble?

4. How do the boys prepare for their Michigan vacation?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. During their road trip, the narrator is convinced that he left his fishing gear back home. What does he discover about his gear at the end of the story?

6. Describe the Shepherd family's arrival at Ollie Hopnoodle's resort in Clear Lake.

7. Summarize how Mother prepares the traditional Easter ham.

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

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

10. On departure day, why does the Shepherd family fail to leave for their annual trip at six in the morning as planned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. Expand and explain the narrator's point of view that prom is a rite of passage full of strange rituals that he and others are forced to attend as they become adults.

2. Despite his reluctance at attending the prom, does the narrator have a good time at the dance? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The book's time line covers the narrator's childhood and teen years. How does the narrator change, develop, and grow from the beginning to the end of the book? In what ways do the stories evolve? In what instances does the author seem to act about the same as a teenager as he did as a child?

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