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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. Which of the following are NOT found in the Bumpus' yard?
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. What does the Old Man find touching when he's looking at the County Fair quilts with his family?
4. According to the book, important industries of Northern Indiana are steel mills and what else?
5. Where does the Bumpus family like to go shopping?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator describe getting to the County Fair?
2. Which member of the narrator's family seems to be the most excited at the County Fair?
3. Describe some of the interesting sights the four members of the Shepherd family see while they are together at the County Fair.
4. Who does most of the work when it's time to prepare for the narrator's annual vacation?
5. On departure day, why does the Shepherd family fail to leave for their annual trip at six in the morning as planned?
6. Describe the race that the Old Man and the narrator watch at the County Fair.
7. Describe some of what makes the Shepherd family a traditional one.
8. What is the final outcome of the battle of the spinning tops between Scut Farkas and the narrator?
9. 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?
10. Describe the conditions inside the car during the drive to Clear Lake, Michigan.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
1. Explain how the author chooses to lead up to the Shepherd family's experiences at the County Fair.
2. Is this method of starting with a present event and then looking back across time an effective one? Why or why not?
3. Is this technique used in other stories in the book? If so, cite at least one more example and analyze its effectiveness.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the narrator's expectations of his date with Josie and the reality of how the date turns out. What lessons does he learn through this experience? How does he behave after this date? What mistakes will he probably not make again?
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 1,100 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)