Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories Test | Final 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. In what major way did Maxwell Bigelow help the community?

2. When the narrator goes to Pulaski's grocery store on an errand for Mother, he talks to Howie, who used to do what?

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

4. While the narrator is watering the lawn, who walks by?

5. Mother wants the narrator to invite which girl to the prom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator grow more and more uncomfortable at the party with Josephine?

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

3. Why doesn't the narrator ask Daphne Bigelow to the prom?

4. How does the narrator's prom night end?

5. Why do the narrator and his friends parade back and forth in front of the Cosnowskis' house?

6. What conflict exists for the narrator regarding the night of the party that he's invited to by Josephine?

7. Describe Daphne Bigelow, the girl of the narrator's dreams.

8. How does the narrator feel after looking through his box of childhood treasures?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the Shepherd and the Bumpus families.

1. In what ways do the Bumpuses annoy the Old Man and his family?

2. Despite the stark differences between the Shepherds and the Bumpuses, what makes each family bizarre and eccentric in its own way?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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.

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