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Section 1: School Days–Saturday Night
- What do the big boys who go to school in the middle of the winter term determine to do?
- Almanzo does not go into his house after school. Where does he go and why?
- What happened to Mr. Corse's friend, Jonas Lane?
- What does Almanzo do after supper each night?
- What observation does Almanzo make about popcorn?
- What does Almanzo's father do at midnight, and why does he do this?
- How does Almanzo's father help Mr. Corse teach Big Bill Ritchie and the other big boys a lesson?
- What is the cloth that Almanzo's mother is weaving going to be used for?
- Describe the perfect weather for cutting ice.
- Why don't the ice blocks melt, even in the hottest summer weather?
- Why does Almanzo's mother prefer to twist her doughnuts?
- Why doesn't Almanzo like Saturday night?
Section 2: Sunday–Cold Snap
- What are stacked pancakes?
- How does the Wilder family keep warm in there buggy on the way to church?
- How does Almanzo convince his father to let him stay home from school?
- Why do Almanzo and his father go out to the maple grove?
- What do Almanzo and Royal spend days and days doing in the cellar?
- When does Almanzo tell Alice the right time to plant corn is?
- When the tin-peddler visits, why does Almanzo think the best time of all will be coming after supper?
- Before Mr. Brown leaves, what does he give Eliza Jane, Alice, and Almanzo?
- After Almanzo's father sells the colts, why is his mother scared?
- Who does Almanzo's father suspect of robbing the farmer near Malone?
- During sheep-sheering, what is Almanzo's job?
- What do Almanzo and his family do to save the corn when it freezes?
Section 3: Independence Day–Fall of the Year
- What happens when Almanzo asks his father for a nickel?
- What does Almanzo enjoy doing on rainy days?
- What happens when Almanzo goes berry picking?
- What is the first thing the children do when their mother and father go on vacation?
- What happens when Almanzo gets angry at Eliza Jane, and what does she do?
- How does Almanzo help during the oat harvest?
- Where did Almanzo's mother get the money she took to the bank on a weekday during harvest?
- What happens while Almanzo is roasting potatoes?
- What does Almanzo's father teach him about gambling?
- What does Almanzo do while everyone else is merry during dinner?
- Why is Almanzo nervous about telling the judges how he grew the pumpkin?
- What does Almanzo help his mother do at the end of butchering time?
Section 4: Cobbler–Farmer Boy
- Why does Royal have to go to the Academy wearing last year's boots?
- Why does Almanzo's mother think he is being spoiled?
- What does Eliza Jane's father do that mortifies her?
- When the bobsled is done, what does Almanzo want to do before chore time?
- What does Almanzo's father think of the threshing machine?
- What happens on stormy nights throughout the winter?
- Why are Almanzo and Frank arguing in the barn?
- What advice does Almanzo's father give him when he falls during wood-hauling?
- Why does Almanzo's father decide Almanzo must go back to school?
- Why does Almanzo's father invite him to go to town to sell the load of hay?
- What does Mr. Paddock demand Mr. Thompson give Almanzo and why?
- What does Almanzo decide about the apprenticeship Mr. Paddock offers him?