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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. On Saturday night, right before the family trip to Michigan, what does the Old Man say about their departure?
2. How long does the ham that Mother prepares have to sit in the oven to rest?
3. What does the Old Man do two weeks prior to the family's departure for their annual Michigan vacation?
4. What does the Old Man say every year when he and his family leave the County Fair?
5. What does the Old Man find touching when he's looking at the County Fair quilts with his family?
Short Essay Questions
1. Summarize how Mother prepares the traditional Easter ham.
2. What is the final outcome of the battle of the spinning tops between Scut Farkas and the narrator?
3. What are the Mariah and the Wolf?
4. Where does the narrator find a top worthy of a battle against Scut Farkas, the school's bully and master top spinner?
5. What happens when Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator ride the Whirligig Rocket Whip?
6. Explain how the narrator prepares for his spinning tops battle against Farkas.
7. Describe the conditions inside the car during the drive to Clear Lake, Michigan.
8. 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?
9. How does the Old Man handle all the problems the family encounters en route to Michigan?
10. What happens after the narrator uses a dummy top and lets Farkas win the first round?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
1. Describe the personality and any salient character traits of each of the following: Randy, the narrator, Mother, and the Old Man.
2. How do the personalities and character traits of these individuals complement each other in ways that make their family function together?
Essay Topic 2
Using examples from the book, explain how the narrator benefits when he applies, or engages in, the following:
b. Family traditions
c. Challenging the status quo
Essay Topic 3
Although a quiet force who's often in the background, Mother is still a strong, powerful force in the book. Explain how Mother supports the narrator, Randy, and the Old Man, helping make their lives smoother even when it means making sacrifices on her part.
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