Blue Willow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 131 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Blue Willow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 131 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. Who says "Rivers of water in a dry place" to describe the riverbank?

2. Who appears at the Larkins' shack at the beginning of Chapter 4?

3. Janey seldom has the chance to ________________.

4. How many siblings does Lupe have?

5. What kind of fish is available to catch on the trip?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the blue willow plate to Janey?

2. Why is paying rent good news for Janey?

3. Why is Janey jealous of Lupe?

4. What does Mom say at the riverbank that surprises Janey for its poetry?

5. How does Dad show that he can be content with his life the way it is?

6. Why is the nickel such a big thing for Mom to give to Janey?

7. How does the author use foreshadowing regarding the willow plate in Chapter 4?

8. Why does Janey wish for a brother or a sister?

9. Why does Janey decide not to make any effort to see if there are any kids living in the Mexican family nearby?

10. What is Bounce's role on the ranch and what authority does he say he has regarding rent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply BLUE WILLOW. What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

Essay Topic 2

There are several events of foreshadowing in BLUE WILLOW. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

What is the greatest lesson Janey learns from her mother? Is it true that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Janey always recall about her mother from their experiences in California during the Great Depression?

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