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. What happens when Grover Dill insults Delbert Bumpus' name?

2. Once the family arrives at the County Fair, the narrator accompanies his father where?

3. What is the Old Man's greatest nemesis?

4. What does the Old Man say every year when he and his family leave the County Fair?

5. What kind of top is the narrator looking for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the misadventures the family experiences on their drive to Michigan?

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

4. How does the narrator trick Farkas into challenging him to a battle of spinning tops?

5. What is the final outcome of the battle of the spinning tops between Scut Farkas and the narrator?

6. What is top spinning, and why are the boys of Warren G. Harding Elementary School so obsessed with this pastime?

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

8. How does the narrator describe getting to the County Fair?

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

10. Where do the Bumpuses make their illegal liquor?

Essay Topics

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

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.

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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