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

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

3. As an adult, the narrator is a former what?

4. What sounds does the narrator hear from the package that he receives as an adult?

5. When the Spring Dance is announced, who does the narrator decide to invite?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator compare the prom to?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe some of the pre-prom rituals.

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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