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  • 1. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Prologue and Chapter 1: Rich Chicago Girl Comprehension - Answer the questions. 1. Who narrates the story? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. What time of year is it? ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Why must her parents move to a smaller apartment? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Who is Mary Alice being sent to live with? ________________________________________________________________________ 5. What two prized possessions does she take with her? ________________________________________________________________________ 6. Where does Grandma take Mary Alice first? ________________________________________________________________________ 7. In addition to being the principal, what else does Mr. Fluke do? ________________________________________________________________________ 8. Why does Mildred go home with Mary Alice? ________________________________________________________________________ 9. How does Mildred s father make a living? ________________________________________________________________________ 10. What happens to Mildred s horse and boots? ________________________________________________________________________ 11. Why won t she be coming to school anymore? ________________________________________________________________________ 12. What does Grandma do to Bootsie? ________________________________________________________________________
  • 2. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Prologue and Chapter 1: Rich Chicago Girl Vocabulary - Use each word in a sentence that shows the meaning. If you are unsure of the meaning, use a dictionary, and then write the definition of the word in your own words. bustled __________________________________________________________________ cadaver __________________________________________________________________ celluloid __________________________________________________________________ cipher __________________________________________________________________ civilian __________________________________________________________________ clabber __________________________________________________________________ clink __________________________________________________________________ conniption __________________________________________________________________ dropsy __________________________________________________________________ glinted __________________________________________________________________ kin __________________________________________________________________ murmur __________________________________________________________________ penitentiary__________________________________________________________________ privy __________________________________________________________________ recession __________________________________________________________________ scrawled __________________________________________________________________ spectacled __________________________________________________________________ trudged __________________________________________________________________ wary __________________________________________________________________
  • 3. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Prologue and Chapter 1: Rich Chicago Girl Writing 1. Grandma says that you butter a cat s paws in a new place, so that by the time they ve licked off the butter, they feel at home. She tells Mary Alice to settle in, or she ll butter her paws. What do you think of what Grandma has done to make her feel at home? Use at least one example in your answer. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Mary Alice wishes that she were two years older and a boy, so that she could plant trees with her brother Joey. Based on what you know so far about life with Grandma, would you feel the same way? Explain your answer. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Describe Grandma Dowdel in your own words. Based on your impression of her so far, what would be the pros and cons of living with her? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Mary Alice brings two things with her for comfort. If you were sent away for a year to live in the country, which two things would you bring and why? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 4. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Prologue and Chapter 1: Rich Chicago Girl Answers 1. Mary Alice narrates the story. 2. The story begins in September. 3. There is a recession and her father lost his job. 4. To live with her Grandma. 5. Her radio and her cat Bootsie. 6. To school. 7. He is also the janitor, the coach, and the shop teacher. 8. Mildred goes to collect her dollar. 9. He s a horse trader and a horse thief. 10. Grandma ties her boots to the horse and sets it loose. 11. She doesn t care enough about school to walk. 12. She butters his paws and puts him in the cobhouse.
  • 5. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 2: Vittles and Vengeance Comprehension - Answer the questions. 1. What do the boys of the town do to celebrate Halloween? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. What does Grandma do with the wire and railroad spike? ________________________________________________________________________ 3. How does Grandma mark the Halloweeners? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. What do the boys leave behind? ________________________________________________________________________ 5. Describe how that Grandma makes use of what they leave. ________________________________________________________________________ 6. What did Old Man Nyquist tell Grandma she could have? ________________________________________________________________________ 7. How does she get more? ________________________________________________________________________ 8. Why doesn t she think of it as stealing? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 9. How do the townsfolk react to Grandma s appearance at the party? ________________________________________________________________________ 10. What do Grandma and Mary Alice learn from August Fluke s appearance? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 11. How does Grandma let Mr. Fluke know what his son did? ________________________________________________________________________ 12. Who comes back for a second piece of pumpkin pie? Why is her name significant? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 6. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 2: Vittles and Vengeance Vocabulary - Use each word in a sentence that shows the meaning. If you are unsure of the meaning, use a dictionary, and then write the definition of the word in your own words. absentee __________________________________________________________________ axle __________________________________________________________________ berth __________________________________________________________________ codger __________________________________________________________________ confederates _________________________________________________________________ coronary __________________________________________________________________ coroner __________________________________________________________________ doled __________________________________________________________________ droves __________________________________________________________________ foliage __________________________________________________________________ forage __________________________________________________________________ piteous __________________________________________________________________ quivered __________________________________________________________________ rapscallion __________________________________________________________________ reservoir __________________________________________________________________ smoldering __________________________________________________________________ vengeance __________________________________________________________________ vittles __________________________________________________________________
  • 7. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 2: Vittles and Vengeance Writing 1. Mary Alice says, as she and Grandma head off to Old Man Nyquist s, We might have been any grandma and her grand-daughter, out for an evening stroll. But we weren t. We were Grandma Dowdel and me. What does she mean? Use at least two examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. How do you think Grandma justifies the stealing she does? Respond as though you were Grandma, explaining herself. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. How might Mary Alice explain Grandma s stealing ? Answer from her point of view. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Many people in town are intimidated by Grandma. Discuss how the town would be different without her presence, using at least three examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 8. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 2: Vittles and Vengeance Answers 1. They celebrate by tearing down privies. 2. She sets up a trip wire to catch the boys. 3. She pours the glue on them so that later she can see who did it. 4. They leave behind a knife, flour, and a handsaw. 5. She uses the knife to cut pumpkins off the vine and to slice pie, she uses the flour for pie crust, and she uses the handsaw to cut open pumpkins. 6. The pecans that fell on the ground. 7. She gets more by driving his tractor into the tree and knocking more off. 8. She says it s not stealing because he said she could have any pecans that fell. 9. They are alarmed and surprised, but don t hesitate to eat the pies. 10. They learn that he was one of the Halloweeners because his hair was shaved off to get the glue off. 11. She lets him know by slicing his pie with the initialed knife. 12. Reba Pensinger comes back for more. They stole the pumpkins from her patch.
  • 9. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 3: A Minute in the Morning Comprehension - Answer the questions. 1. Why doesn t Mary Alice think Grandma s house could be haunted? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. What keeps Mary Alice company, alone upstairs? ________________________________________________________________________ 3. How does the town observe Armistice Day? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. What is burgoo? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 5. How does Grandma help out at the turkey shoot? ________________________________________________________________________ 6. What does Grandma do instead of charging each person a dime? ________________________________________________________________________ 7. How do the women of the Legion Auxiliary react? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 8. What happens to the money made from the burgoo? ________________________________________________________________________ 9. Why does Mrs. Abernathy need the money? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 10. What happened to Mrs. Abernathy s son? ________________________________________________________________________ 11. Why does Grandma approve of Kate Smith, Songbird of the South ? ________________________________________________________________________
  • 10. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 3: A Minute in the Morning Vocabulary - Use each word in a sentence that shows the meaning. If you are unsure of the meaning, use a dictionary, and then write the definition of the word in your own words. auxiliary __________________________________________________________________ armistice __________________________________________________________________ beam __________________________________________________________________ brazen __________________________________________________________________ chink __________________________________________________________________ confer __________________________________________________________________ craters __________________________________________________________________ dormer __________________________________________________________________ dungarees __________________________________________________________________ enterprising__________________________________________________________________ hunker __________________________________________________________________ legion __________________________________________________________________ muffled __________________________________________________________________ repertoire __________________________________________________________________ scuttled __________________________________________________________________ skulk __________________________________________________________________ testimonial __________________________________________________________________
  • 11. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 3: A Minute in the Morning Writing 1. Discuss how the people in the town take care of each other, using at least two examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. The townspeople were strongly affected by the Great War. What are some ways that bad things can bring about good results? Use real life examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Grandma uses unconventional tactics to help people or to get her way. Why do you think they work? Use at least two examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. What do you think Mary Alice learning by living with Grandma? Use at least three examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 12. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 3: A Minute in the Morning Answers 1. What ghost would dare? 2. Her radio. 3. With a turkey shoot and a minute of silence. 4. A stew made with whatever to have on hand different meats, turnips, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, etc. 5. She is the cashier for the burgoo sale. 6. She charges what each person can afford, from nothing to a dollar. 7. They praise her skill at making money and ask her to join the Auxiliary. 8. It s given to Mrs. Abernathy. 9. Because her son only gets a small check from the government for being a veteran. 10. He was gassed and injured in the Great War (World War I). 11. Because she is a big, full-figured woman like Grandma.
  • 13. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 4: Away in a Manger Comprehension - Answer the questions. 1. What part does Mary Alice have in the Christmas program? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Describe the mysterious figure Mary Alice sees from her bedroom window. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. When does Grandma claim to sleep? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. What does Grandma have in the wicker basket? ________________________________________________________________________ 5. What is the gun for? ________________________________________________________________________ 6. Why does Grandma bring walnut shells and wear rubber? ________________________________________________________________________ 7. Why does Mary Alice keep going trapping with Grandma? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 8. What does Grandma make Mary Alice, and what does it resemble? ________________________________________________________________________ 9. What is the high moment of the Christmas program? ________________________________________________________________________ 10. Who does Grandma bring to the Christmas program? ________________________________________________________________________ 11. What makes Mary Alice more popular with the girls in her class? ________________________________________________________________________ 12. On what does Grandma spend the fox money? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 14. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 4: Away in a Manger Vocabulary - Use each word in a sentence that shows the meaning. If you are unsure of the meaning, use a dictionary, and then write the definition of the word in your own words. bias __________________________________________________________________ blunderbuss ________________________________________________________________ decreed __________________________________________________________________ dole __________________________________________________________________ feisty __________________________________________________________________ headway __________________________________________________________________ hoist __________________________________________________________________ lumbering __________________________________________________________________ lush __________________________________________________________________ meander __________________________________________________________________ palsy __________________________________________________________________ poring __________________________________________________________________ preen __________________________________________________________________ swathed __________________________________________________________________ trod __________________________________________________________________ wily __________________________________________________________________
  • 15. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 4: Away in a Manger Writing 1. Describe the way Mary Alice s feelings toward Grandma begin to change. What causes the changes? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. As a city girl, Mary Alice doesn t feel like she fits in with her classmates. Discuss, using at least two examples, how she begins to fit in. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. If you were in Mary Alice s position, what might you do differently than she does? What would you do the same? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. What are the similarities and differences between Mary Alice s school experience and your own? Use examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 16. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 4: Away in a Manger Answers 1. She plays Mary. 2. Scary, trudging through the snow, bundled up, carrying a basket. 3. Never. 4. Walnut shells, wire, wooden stakes, a glass vial, and rabbit fur. 5. To shoot foxes. 6. To disguise the smell of humans. 7. She becomes more aware of Grandma s age and hard work and wants to make sure she comes home safely. 8. A halo, which resembles a crown of thorns. 9. When a real baby is discovered in the manger. 10. Mary Alice s brother Joey. 11. Her older brother. 12. Train tickets for Joey and Mary Alice to visit their parents.
  • 17. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 5: Hearts and Flour Comprehension - Answer the questions. 1. Who pays a visit to Grandma? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. What is the DAR? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. What do they ask Grandma to provide? Why Grandma? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Who says there will be a Valentine exchange at the high school? ________________________________________________________________________ 5. Who receives the most Valentines? Who are they from? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 6. How does Mary Alice trick Carleen? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 7. Who hosts the DAR tea? ________________________________________________________________________ 8. Who are the surprise visitors? ________________________________________________________________________ 9. What is Mrs. Weidenbach s true ancestry? ________________________________________________________________________ 10. Who is her long-lost sister? ________________________________________________________________________ 11. What is Grandma s punch recipe? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 12. Who writes Newsy Notes ? ________________________________________________________________________
  • 18. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 5: Hearts and Flour Vocabulary - Use each word in a sentence that shows the meaning. If you are unsure of the meaning, use a dictionary, and then write the definition of the word in your own words. aristocracy __________________________________________________________________ benediction __________________________________________________________________ capitulate __________________________________________________________________ fumbled __________________________________________________________________ grapple __________________________________________________________________ invocation __________________________________________________________________ lolled __________________________________________________________________ lurched __________________________________________________________________ plunged __________________________________________________________________ reeling __________________________________________________________________ savor __________________________________________________________________ scholar __________________________________________________________________ sentiment __________________________________________________________________ sidle __________________________________________________________________ surveyor __________________________________________________________________
  • 19. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 5: Hearts and Flour Writing 1. Do you find Grandma funny? Why or why not? Use examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. In your opinion, does Mary Alice become more like her Grandma as time passes? Use examples to support your opinion. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. What is the importance of family in the story? Use at least two examples. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. What do you think of the Newsy Notes ? What do they tell us about the writer and about the town? What is their purpose? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 20. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 5: Hearts and Flour Answers 1. Mrs. Weidenbach, the banker s wife. 2. Daughters of the American Revolution women who traced their family back to the Revolutionary War. 3. Cherry tarts, because the town is still talking about Grandma s pies. 4. The author of Newsy Notes. 5. Ina-Rae receives the most, from the teacher, Elmo Leaper, the Johnson brothers, and Royce McNabb. 6. By making the Valentines herself and making Carleen think Royce likes Ina-Rae instead of her. 7. Grandma. 8. Effie Wilcox and Aunt Mae Griswold. 9. She s a Burdick. 10. Effie Wilcox. 11. One part strawberry juice and two parts bourbon. 12. Mary Alice.
  • 21. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 6: A Dangerous Man Comprehension - Answer the questions. 1. What does Bootsie bring to show Mary Alice? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. How does Grandma do her laundry? ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Where does Arnold Green come from, and what is he in town to do? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Why does Mary Alice have to put up with Grandma snoring? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 5. What subject does Mary Alice need help with? ________________________________________________________________________ 6. What other reason does she have for inviting Royce over? ________________________________________________________________________ 7. What is Grandma s reaction? ________________________________________________________________________ 8. What is Grandma doing when Royce comes over? ________________________________________________________________________ 9. What are Mary Alice and Royce talking about when they are interrupted? ________________________________________________________________________ 10. What is Maxine Patch wearing as she comes down the stairs? ________________________________________________________________________ 11. How does the whole town manage to see Maxine? ________________________________________________________________________ 12. Why did the snake live in the attic? ________________________________________________________________________ 13. Who does Grandma set up with Arnold Green? ________________________________________________________________________
  • 22. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 6: A Dangerous Man Vocabulary - Use each word in a sentence that shows the meaning. If you are unsure of the meaning, use a dictionary, and then write the definition of the word in your own words. alfalfa __________________________________________________________________ annals __________________________________________________________________ ashen __________________________________________________________________ audible __________________________________________________________________ composition__________________________________________________________________ dubious __________________________________________________________________ eerie __________________________________________________________________ ghastly __________________________________________________________________ loomed __________________________________________________________________ midst __________________________________________________________________ mirth __________________________________________________________________ presided __________________________________________________________________ simpering __________________________________________________________________ sphinx __________________________________________________________________ temperament ________________________________________________________________ trigonometry ________________________________________________________________ wary __________________________________________________________________
  • 23. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 6: A Dangerous Man Writing 1. Mary Alice and Grandma both try their hands at match-making in this chapter. Compare and contrast their styles. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. If you were Grandma, would you take in a stranger like Arnold Green? Why or why not? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. If you were Mary Alice, would you set your cap for Royce? Why or why not? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. If you were Royce, what would you think after the snake incident? What would you think of Mary Alice and her family? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________
  • 24. Name ____________________________________ Date ____________________________ A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Chapter 6: A Dangerous Man Answers 1. A robin s egg, a grasshopper, a mouse, a frog, and her kitten. 2. Boiling over an open fire in the yard and wringing it out by hand. 3. He comes from New York and is in town to paint a mural. 4. Because she has to sleep in Grandma s room now that Arnold Green sleeps upstairs. 5. Math. 6. To make her move before Carleen makes hers. 7. She says she ll make lemonade. 8. Napping. 9. Things they have in common, not math. 10. Only a snake. 11. Grandma wakes them up from their naps with a gunshot. 12. It ate birds that got into the house. 13. Miss Butler, Mary Alice s teacher.