The book is about a young boy, referred to as "Buddy," and his older cousin, who is unnamed in the story but is called Sook in later adaptations. The boy is the narrator, and his older is his best friend. Test your knowledge of the story by answering he quiz below.
Edgar Allan Poe
Late November, in the South, the Depression
Early spring, in New York, the 1960s
End of summer, in Wisconsin, the 1800s
"Christmas is comin'!"
"It's fruitcake weather!"
"Time for Christmas!"
Because he is her friend.
In memory of a friend who died.
Because that is his name.
Because she can never remember his name.
A baby buggy
A shopping cart
Buddy's little sister
Having bake sales
They got into trouble
The chicken died
They were using a stolen chicken
They were charging too much
Treats for their dog
Chewing gum for Buddy
Birthday presents for their friends
Tickets for the picture show for Buddy
According to Buddy's calculations, they had $13 and 13 is an unlucky number.
They like to help people, and there might be a homeless person passing by in need of money.
The change purse is becoming too full.
He is happy all the time.
He is very gloomy.
He likes to make jokes all the time.
His face always looks like he is smiling, even when he is not.
Dimes and nickels and pennies
They make him a fruitcake
They kill flies in his dancing cafe
She lives too far out to get to know people
She is too shy to make friends other than Buddy
She doesn't like anyone
She never leaves the house and can't make friends
Puts up a Christmas tree
Makes a huge mess in the kitchen
Steals money to buy stamps to mail the fruitcakes
Gets Buddy drunk
Their fruitcakes are going to make so many people happy.
They are planning to go and cut a tree tomorrow for Christmas.
The rest of the house will hear her and they will be in trouble again.
They have money left over after making the fruitcakes.
Four feet tall
Twice as tall as a boy
Half as tall as she is
Too tall for Queenie to reach
They wait until dark to walk back home so no one will see them and try to steal it.
They walk five miles out of the way to keep people from seeing it.
They refuse to sell it to the mill owner's wife.
Chocolate covered cherries
A pocket watch
It is so shiny.
There is a bone hidden in it for her.
She thinks there is a cat in there.
They have decorated it with food items.
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