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. As the family drives to the lake, what happens when a chicken truck passes them?

2. When Randy starts to whine the night before the County Fair, what does Mother promise him?

3. What happens to Grover after his confrontation with Delbert in Story One?

4. What name does the narrator give his "weapon"?

5. Who successfully rings the bell at the County Fair strong man exhibit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some of what makes the Shepherd family a traditional one.

2. Who does most of the work when it's time to prepare for the narrator's annual vacation?

3. What are the Mariah and the Wolf?

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

5. Which member of the narrator's family seems to be the most excited at the County Fair?

6. What happens when Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator ride the Whirligig Rocket Whip?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the narrator opens a box that he receives as an adult and peruses through the childhood treasures found inside, he decides to pack everything back up and hide it on the top shelf of a closet. Explain what this says about the author's viewpoint on stirring up the past.

Essay Topic 2

On their annual trip to Michigan, the narrator and his family encounter one obstacle after another. Despite their ups and downs, the family members are able to stay excited about their vacation. As an adult, the narrator says these vacations were very memorable. Explain why adversity in life creates memories, using examples from the book and from your own experience.

Essay Topic 3

For Wanda Hickey, prom night is a golden evening of wonder where she has the amazing good luck of going with the boy she's always had a crush on. How does the night turn out for her? Does it meet her expectations? Despite some mishaps, is she pleased with the evening? Would she have liked anything to have been different? Support your answers with passages from the book.

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