A Year Down Yonder Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Peck
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 133 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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A Year Down Yonder Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Peck
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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. What is the purpose of Armistice Day?

2. What do Grandma and Mary Alice do at the cobhouse?

3. Until the family recovers financially, the narrator will have to live with ________________ in an unnamed town.

4. Mary Alice figures Mildred will do what to her at school tomorrow?

5. Why does Grandma do this with the tractor?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grandma greet Mary Alice? Why might she act this way?

2. How does Grandma get back at Old Man Nyquist? Should she have done this? Why or why not?

3. What happens to Bootsie one night? Why does this happen?

4. What is theme is strong in this section? Support your response with information from this section.

5. How can Mary Alice now find out who the pranksters were?

6. How has Bootsie changed since he moved in with Grandma? What has led to this change?

7. Where does Mary Alice go directly after arriving in town? What is happening there when Mary Alice arrives?

8. What does Grandma think about Halloween? Why does she feel this way? Why would the reader probably not be surprised by this?

9. Why is Mary Alice afraid at night in her room? How does she deal with this fear?

10. Why does Mary Alice move in with her grandmother? What does this reveal about the Great Depression?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first section begins a pattern that repeats throughout the rest of the book.

Part 1) What is this pattern? How is this pattern significant? What theme does this pattern support? What characters does this pattern and theme affect? How are they affected?

Part 2) How is this pattern and theme relevant to your own life? How can you relate to the characters in this book through this theme?

Part 3) What is another book you have read or story you have heard that has this same theme? Is this a universal theme? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The main part of the story ends in celebration.

Part 1) Describe this celebration. How is this celebration important to the people of this town? What other celebrations also take place in this story? Why? How are celebrations an important part of life in this town? Why?

Part 2) How do these celebrations balance out the struggles these people face? How might this have been exceptionally important during the 1930s throughout the United States?

Part 3) How are celebrations important today? What specific holidays are particularly important in one's life today? Why?

Essay Topic 3

"A Dangerous Man" touches upon the stereotype of spring.

Part 1) What is the stereotype of spring? How is this touched upon in this chapter? How does this stereotype affect the characters in this book?

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for focusing on this stereotype? How is this stereotype tied to other events and/or themes in this book?

Part 3) What is another story that focuses on this stereotype? What is the reason for this? What are the similarities between this story and "A Year Down Yonder"?

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