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. When Mr. Bigelow chats with the narrator as he waits for Daphne at her house, the man mistakes the young man for who?

2. Where does the new family next door to the Shepherds move from?

3. Why is the adult narrator embarrassed when the doorman sees him?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator compare the prom to?

4. What are some of the items the narrator finds in the box of toys his mother sends him when he's an adult?

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

6. What is the Wimpy Doll?

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

8. Describe Daphne's and the narrator's date.

9. Describe the narrator's experience as he waits for Josephine to finish getting ready for their date.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Explain how the author uses the following literary tools to make a point or accentuate the humorous and ridiculous aspects of a situation:

a. exaggeration

b. contrast

Cite at least two examples from the book to support your explanations.

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