"A Christmas Memory"

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  • 1. 
    Who is the author of this story?
    • A. 

      Harper Lee

    • B. 

      Truman Capote

    • C. 

      Edgar Allan Poe

    • D. 

      Buddy Johnson


  • 2. 
    What is the setting for this story?
    • A. 

      Late November, in the South, the Depression

    • B. 

      Early spring, in New York, the 1960s

    • C. 

      End of summer, in Wisconsin, the 1800s


  • 3. 
    What does Buddy's friend exclaim at the beginning of the story that indicates it is time for them to get busy on their yearly ritual?
    • A. 

      "Winter's comin'!"

    • B. 

      "Christmas is comin'!"

    • C. 

      "It's fruitcake weather!"

    • D. 

      "Time for Christmas!"


  • 4. 
    How many cakes did Buddy's friend plan to bake?
    • A. 

      30

    • B. 

      31

    • C. 

      32

    • D. 

      33


  • 5. 
    For whom did they decide to add an additonal cake?
    • A. 

      The preacher

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      Haha Jones

    • D. 

      Laffy Reynolds


  • 6. 
    Buddy's friend calls him "Buddy"
    • A. 

      Because he is her friend.

    • B. 

      In memory of a friend who died.

    • C. 

      Because that is his name.

    • D. 

      Because she can never remember his name.


  • 7. 
    What do the two friends use to haul things around in?
    • A. 

      A wagon

    • B. 

      A wheelbarrow

    • C. 

      A baby buggy

    • D. 

      A shopping cart


  • 8. 
    Who is Queenie?
    • A. 

      Buddy's aunt

    • B. 

      The dog

    • C. 

      Buddy's little sister

    • D. 

      Their cat


  • 9. 
    Which of the following is one of the ways Buddy and his friend earn money?
    • A. 

      Entering contests

    • B. 

      Having bake sales

    • C. 

      Shining shoes

    • D. 

      Cleaning fireplaces


  • 10. 
    Why was their Fun and Freak Museum forced to close?
    • A. 

      They got into trouble

    • B. 

      The chicken died

    • C. 

      They were using a stolen chicken

    • D. 

      They were charging too much


  • 11. 
    What is the one thing that their money is used for other than making fruitcakes?
    • A. 

      Treats for their dog

    • B. 

      Chewing gum for Buddy

    • C. 

      Birthday presents for their friends

    • D. 

      Tickets for the picture show for Buddy


  • 12. 
    Which coin in "the liveliest coin"?
    • A. 

      Fifty-cent pieces

    • B. 

      Quarters

    • C. 

      Dimes

    • D. 

      Nickels


  • 13. 
    How did Buddy and his friends earn pennies?
    • A. 

      Selling fruitcakes

    • B. 

      Killing flies

    • C. 

      Picking flowers

    • D. 

      Walking dogs


  • 14. 
    Why do Buddy and his friend throw a penny out the window?
    • A. 

      According to Buddy's calculations, they had $13 and 13 is an unlucky number.

    • B. 

      They like to help people, and there might be a homeless person passing by in need of money.

    • C. 

      The change purse is becoming too full.


  • 15. 
    The most expensive ingredient in the fruitcakes is
    • A. 

      Sugar

    • B. 

      Whiskey

    • C. 

      Fruit

    • D. 

      Pecans


  • 16. 
    How did Mr. Haha get his name?
    • A. 

      He is happy all the time.

    • B. 

      He is very gloomy.

    • C. 

      He likes to make jokes all the time.

    • D. 

      His face always looks like he is smiling, even when he is not.


  • 17. 
    How do Buddy and his friend pay Mr. Haha for the whiskey?
    • A. 

      Dimes and nickels and pennies

    • B. 

      They make him a fruitcake

    • C. 

      They kill flies in his dancing cafe


  • 18. 
    Why does Buddy think his friend makes cakes for people who are essentially strangers?
    • A. 

      She lives too far out to get to know people

    • B. 

      She is too shy to make friends other than Buddy

    • C. 

      She doesn't like anyone

    • D. 

      She never leaves the house and can't make friends


  • 19. 
    What does Buddy's friend do that makes the other people who live in the house very angry?
    • A. 

      Puts up a Christmas tree

    • B. 

      Makes a huge mess in the kitchen

    • C. 

      Steals money to buy stamps to mail the fruitcakes

    • D. 

      Gets Buddy drunk


  • 20. 
    What does Buddy remind his friend of that makes her cheer up and stop crying?
    • A. 

      Their fruitcakes are going to make so many people happy.

    • B. 

      They are planning to go and cut a tree tomorrow for Christmas.

    • C. 

      The rest of the house will hear her and they will be in trouble again.

    • D. 

      They have money left over after making the fruitcakes.


  • 21. 
    How tall should a Christmas tree be, according to Buddy's friend?
    • A. 

      Four feet tall

    • B. 

      Twice as tall as a boy

    • C. 

      Half as tall as she is

    • D. 

      Too tall for Queenie to reach


  • 22. 
    What proves just  how proud Buddy and his friend are of their tree?
    • A. 

      They wait until dark to walk back home so no one will see them and try to steal it.

    • B. 

      They walk five miles out of the way to keep people from seeing it.

    • C. 

      They refuse to sell it to the mill owner's wife.


  • 23. 
    What doe Buddy give to his friend for Christmas?
    • A. 

      Ermine tails

    • B. 

      Chocolate covered cherries

    • C. 

      A radio

    • D. 

      A kite


  • 24. 
    What does Buddy's friend give him for Christmas?
    • A. 

      A bike

    • B. 

      A kite

    • C. 

      A fruitcake

    • D. 

      A pocket watch


  • 25. 
    Why does Queenie stand looking up at the tree?
    • A. 

      It is so shiny.

    • B. 

      There is a bone hidden in it for her.

    • C. 

      She thinks there is a cat in there.

    • D. 

      They have decorated it with food items.


  • 26. 
    Why does Buddy tapdance and his friend drop a kettle?
    • A. 

      They are nervous.

    • B. 

      They want everyone to wake up and open gifts.

    • C. 

      They are making noise to celebrate.

    • D. 

      They want to make everyone angry.


  • 27. 
    What is interesting about the pasture in which Queenie buries her bone?
    • A. 

      She will be buried there the next year.

    • B. 

      It is where they found the Christmas tree.

    • C. 

      It is where she was born.

    • D. 

      The ground is frozen.


  • 28. 
    Why is this Buddy's last Christmas with his friend?
    • A. 

      She dies the following month.

    • B. 

      Buddy goes to military school.

    • C. 

      They decide to no longer celebrate Christmas.

    • D. 

      Buddy dies.


  • 29. 
    How did Queenie die?
    • A. 

      She was poisoned.

    • B. 

      She drank some of Mr. Haha's whiskey.

    • C. 

      The neighbor shot her.

    • D. 

      She was kicked by a horse.


  • 30. 
    How does Buddy know that his friend is getting older?
    • A. 

      His friend starts to confuse him with her childhood friend named Buddy.

    • B. 

      Her writing becomes more and more messy and hard to read.

    • C. 

      She begins to stay in bed more and more.

    • D. 

      Both A and C


  • 31. 
    What did Buddy expect to see as he looked up into the sky?
    • A. 

      A dove flying to heaven

    • B. 

      His friend's face in the clouds

    • C. 

      His friend flying toward heaven like an angel

    • D. 

      Two kites hurrying toward heaven


  • 32. 
    This story is told in
    • A. 

      First person point-of-view

    • B. 

      Omniscient point of view


  • 33. 
    What is the theme of this story?
    • A. 

      Family is very important.

    • B. 

      Having a true friend is a precious thing.

    • C. 

      Christmas is a special time of year.

    • D. 

      The South is a fun place to live.


  • 34. 
    What do you think is meant by "tongues that scald" (page 68)?
    • A. 

      Tongues that burn badly

    • B. 

      Tongues that speak words that hurt feelings badly

    • C. 

      Tongues that have been burned by hot coffee

    • D. 

      Tongues that burn easily


  • 35. 
    How do we find out what we do about the characterization (what kind of character/person she is) of Buddy's friend?
    • A. 

      Direct--he tells us exactly what kind of person she is

    • B. 

      Indirect--he tells us things about her and lets us figure out what kind of person she is


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