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  1. Prologue • Describe the setting • Grandma’s house; small town in Illinois, during the Great Depression

  2. Prologue • What point-of-view is the story told? • First person

  3. Prologue • Who is the speaker? • Joey Dowdel

  4. Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground • Who really moved the gauze in Shotgun’s coffin? • Old Tomcat

  5. Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground • Who died in this chapter? • Shotgun Cheatham

  6. Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground • Who is Grandma’s worst enemy? • Mrs. Effie Wilcox

  7. Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground • What was on in those days, which meant that selling liquor was against the law? • Prohibition

  8. Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground • What did Grandma mean when she said that keeping herself to herself was uphill work in a town like that? • It was just as hard to keep her business private as it is to move/work uphill

  9. Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground • Whose tongue was attached in the middle and flapped at both ends? • Mrs. Effie Wilcox

  10. The Mouse in the Milk • What happened to Grandma’s mailbox? • It exploded because of a cherry bomb

  11. The Mouse in the Milk • What did the Cowgill brothers come to steal from Grandma’s house? • Grandpa Dowdel’s Old Winchester Shotgun

  12. The Mouse in the Milk • What happened to Effie Wilcox’s privy? • The Cowgill brothers knocked it over.

  13. The Mouse in the Milk • What 3 lies did Grandma tell Ernie Cowgill? • A mouse was found in the milk • Grandma, Joey, and Mary Alice were going out of town • Joey was in a gang in Chicago

  14. The Mouse in the Milk • What did Mr. Cowgill do to punish his boys? • He lined them up according to age then whipped them with Grandpa Dowdel’s strop

  15. The Mouse in the Milk • How did Joey find Mr. and Mrs. Cowgill? • They were sitting next to Effie Wilcox in church and Joey recognized her hat.

  16. The Mouse in the Milk • The picture on Joey’s puzzle was of whom? • Charles A. Lindbergh

  17. A One-Woman Crime Wave • What happened when the snake jumped into the boat? • Joey fainted

  18. A One-Woman Crime Wave • Who were the men who were walking through the town hungry? • Drifters

  19. A One-Woman Crime Wave • Whose boat did Grandma steal? • Sheriff O. B. Dickerson

  20. A One-Woman Crime Wave • Who was the old woman Grandma went to cook for and feed? • Aunt Puss Chapman

  21. A One-Woman Crime Wave • What 3 things did Grandma do that were illegal? • 1. Trespassed onto private property • 2. Stole a boat • 3. Used fish traps to catch catfish

  22. A One-Woman Crime Wave • How did Grandma know Aunt Puss Chapman? • She was her hired girl

  23. A One-Woman Crime Wave • What did Grandma, Joey, and Mary Alice do when they got home from their long day in the country? • Fried catfish, fed the drifters, and gave them beer

  24. A One-Woman Crime Wave • How did Grandma get out of trouble when confronted by the sheriff for all the illegal activities she was a part of throughout the day? • She threatened to send the children to therapy for what they saw the men doing earlier that day.

  25. The Day of Judgment • Who was Mrs. L. J. Weidenbach? • The banker’s wife

  26. The Day of Judgment • What was Grandma famous for baking? • Gooseberry Pies

  27. The Day of Judgment • Why couldn’t Mrs. Weidenbach enter her own recipe in the fair? • Her cucumbers were not good that year

  28. The Day of Judgment • What did Joe want to do more than anything at the fair? • Joey wanted to ride in the biplane with BarnieBuchanen

  29. The Day of Judgment • What did Grandma do in the tent when everyone looked up at the sound of the plane? • She switched the name cards on the gooseberry pies

  30. The Day of Judgment • Where did Grandma get the “fake” blue ribbon? • From her hat

  31. The Day of Judgment • Who was Grandma worried would make a better pie than she did? • Mr. Pennypacker

  32. The Day of Judgment • What else did first prize winners receive at the fair besides a blue ribbon? • A free ride in the biplane

  33. The Phantom Brakeman • What was the name of the girl who was the waitress at the Coffee Pot Café? • Vandalia Eubanks

  34. The Phantom Brakeman • Who was the “Phantom Brakeman” at the end of the chapter? • Joey

  35. The Phantom Brakeman • Why didn’t Mr. and Mrs. Stubbs want their son to marry a Eubanks? • Idella Eubanks is half-cracked. It could run in the family. Think of the children.

  36. The Phantom Brakeman • Why was Mary Alice hiding Vandalia in her room? • Vandalia’s mother was mean to her and treated her poorly. She was going to beat her and take her money.

  37. The Phantom Brakeman • Who did Vandalia run away with? • Junior Stubbs

  38. The Phantom Brakeman • What was Joey and Mary Alice’s favorite drink? • Nehi

  39. The Phantom Brakeman • Who was proprietor of The Coffee Pot Café? • Mrs. Ike Cripe

  40. The Phantom Brakeman • Who did Grandma catch on a ladder on the side of the house? • MizIdella Eubanks

  41. The Phantom Brakeman • How did the brakeman of the freight train die? • The freight train collided on the train carrying volunteer firefighters

  42. Things with Wings • Why was Grandma at the train depot when Joey and Mary Alice arrive? • To see Effie Wilcox off

  43. Things with Wings • Why was Mrs. Effie Wilcox forced to leave her home? • The bank foreclosed on her house because she couldn’t pay the bills

  44. Things with Wings • Who was John Dillinger? • Number one most wanted bank robber. Chicago police put his body on display at the morgue for people to see it

  45. Things with Wings • What two pranks did Grandma pull at the church sale? Be specific! • Grandma put initials M.T.L. on a quilt to claim it belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln. She put A. Lincoln on the brim of a stovepipe hat

  46. Things with Wings • When Joe said “it was love at first sight,” what was he looking at? • The Terraplane 8

  47. Things with Wings • How did Joe get his two dollars to take the driving lessons? • Grandma made Mr. Weidenbach give it to him (and Mary Alice)

  48. Things with Wings • What was the agreement between Mr. Weidenbach and Grandma? • Grandma would tell everyone the truth about the quilt and hat. Mr. Weidenbach would give Effie her house back full and clear—no more payments

  49. Things with Wings • Who worked as a mechanic at the garage? • Ray Veech

  50. Things with Wings • What kind of movie did Grandma, Joey, and Mary Alice go see in the park? • A horror movie – Dracula