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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. Where does the narrator's family stay during their vacations in Clear Lake, Michigan?
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. How long does the Shepherd-Bumpus feud last?
4. For the family's Michigan trip, what does the Old Man pack into the Sears luggage rack on the car roof?
5. The Taylors, who lived next door to the narrator and his family for many years before the Bumpus family moved in, were what?
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. Describe some of the interesting sights the four members of the Shepherd family see while they are together at the County Fair.
3. What happens to the much anticipated Easter ham in Story One?
4. Who does most of the work when it's time to prepare for the narrator's annual vacation?
5. What happens when Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator ride the Whirligig Rocket Whip?
6. Describe the yard of the Bumpus family.
7. Which member of the narrator's family seems to be the most excited at the County Fair?
8. Summarize how Mother prepares the traditional Easter ham.
9. What are some of the misadventures the family experiences on their drive to Michigan?
10. Where do the Bumpuses make their illegal liquor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although events rarely go according to plan and expectations, somehow the narrator gets through them and even manages to be content with the outcome. Explain what factors help the narrator maintain a positive attitude even when his hopes and dreams fail to materialize.
Essay Topic 2
The author creates colorful, larger than life characters who somehow appear very real. Explain how the author maintains a balance between fabricating fictitious, exaggerated characters and assigning attributes that make them seem like real people.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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