Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories Test | Final Test - Hard

Jean Shepherd
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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. When the narrator is invited inside his neighbors' house, what is he expected to do while he waits for Josie to finish getting ready?

2. The Bigelow family's chauffeur drives Daphne and the narrator to the Orpheum in what?

3. One of the adult narrator's prized collections is a set of first edition comics of what cartoon?

4. What does the narrator start to worry about at the party with Josie?

5. The narrator, as an adult, owns some fine furniture and has a what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator ask Wanda Hickey to the prom?

2. How does the narrator's family react when he says that he's asked Daphne Bigelow out on a date?

3. How does the narrator's date with Daphne end?

4. Describe the narrator's trip to Daphne's house.

5. Describe how the narrator prepares for his date with Daphne.

6. After the prom, Schwartz and the narrator take their dates to the Rooster. What happens there?

7. What happens to the adult narrator's fire chief hat?

8. Where does the narrator live when he is an adult?

9. What does the narrator compare the prom to?

10. With the Bumpuses long gone, who finally moves in next door to the Shepherds?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a young person, the narrator spends a great deal of time living in his world of daydreams and imagination. How does the reality of his life compare to the world of his imagination? How do his daydreams serve him when reality is full of disappointments?

Essay Topic 2

A day at the County Fair turns into another opportunity for the author to showcase the Shepherds' eccentricities. Describe the fair experience from the viewpoint of each family member -- Mother, Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator. Who seems to enjoy the fair the most, and why? Use examples to support your conclusion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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