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. When the Old Man gets himself a beer at the fair, what does he get for his older son?

2. During the family's road trip to Michigan, why does Mother suddenly insist that the Old Man stop the car?

3. Where do most kids get their tops from?

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

5. What marks the start of the Shepherd-Bumpus feud?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator compare the prom to?

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

3. 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?

4. Describe the conditions inside the car during the drive to Clear Lake, Michigan.

5. Describe Daphne's and the narrator's date.

6. Where does the narrator find a top worthy of a battle against Scut Farkas, the school's bully and master top spinner?

7. What happens after the narrator uses a dummy top and lets Farkas win the first round?

8. Summarize how Mother prepares the traditional Easter ham.

9. How does the narrator's family react when he says that he's asked Daphne Bigelow out on a date?

10. When the narrator asks Daphne out on a date, and she agrees, what daydreams go through his mind?

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

Compare and contrast the narrator's love interests: Josephine, Daphne, and Wanda. Which one is best suited for him, if any? What important life lessons does he learn from his experiences with each?

Essay Topic 3

How does the narrator feel after the battles against Scut Farkas, the school bully, in top-spinning matches? Who wins? Does it even matter who wins, or does the narrator grow in confidence and self-assurance as a result of his desire to best the bully? Explain your reasoning.

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