The Winter Room 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. How is Alida wearing her hair the first time Uncle David sees her?

2. What do Eldon and Wayne look through to see Uncle David by the pile of logs out back?

3. What does Wayne ask when the story is finished?

4. Who steps into their special place while Wayne is talking to Eldon?

5. Who do the people of the village blame for their troubles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Eldon's reaction to Uncle David's story?

2. Describe the rest of the story after Father reveals that the woodcutter in the story is Uncle David?

3. What are some of the chores Eldon does on the day Uncle David tells the story about the woodcutter?

4. What are the reactions of each of the family members when David finishes telling the story of Alida?

5. What are Eldon and Wayne doing when the boys realize that Uncle David is about to use the two axes to try to split a log? What are their reactions when they realize what Uncle David is going to do?

6. What does David say about the first time he sees Alida?

7. What does Uncle David say about the men who lived during the time of Orud?

8. Describe the argument that happens over Melena.

9. Why does Uncle David say it's so remarkable that some men stop to watch one particular cutter at work?

10. How does the story of Alida begin and who is telling the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the work Eldon and the others do on the farm. Which of the jobs sounds most difficult? Which sounds most interesting? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you believe the author presented the story in first-person? Were there other alternatives? What major aspects of the story would have changed if the author had changed the perspective?

Essay Topic 3

What is the first story Uncle David tells each winter? Why is that story important to him? What are the reactions of each of the other family members to the story?

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