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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the prize for the winning lodge?
2. What New Jersey food did the narrator eat while in Colorado?
3. Where is the narrator's childhood summer camp located?
4. How can the narrator best be described in comparison to his camp mates?
5. To what does the narrator compare the Margate Elephant?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the narrator question his impatience to get through the tunnel?
2. Why does the book never mention the narrator's wartime experiences?
3. What does the forming of clans among New Jerseyites mean?
4. Name some New Jersey characteristics that make it the butt of comedians' jokes.
5. How did the narrator prepare for camp and by what name will his group be called once they get there?
6. Why was the narrator underwhelmed by his summer camp experience?
7. How did Captain Crabtree manage the situation with the reluctant fat Chipmunk?
8. What is the narrator's favorite snack and how does it add a bright spot to a dull weekend?
9. Describe the experience of Dan Baxter being punished for smoking cigarettes.
10. Describe the narrator's experience on cleanup detail at camp.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is the point of view of this book? Why did Shepherd use this point of view? Is it the only way the book could have realistically been written? How else could Shepherd have used point of view to alter the rhythm of the book? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the format of the book. How does the narrator distinguish between current activity and flashbacks to his past? What is the difference is style and tone? Are the differentiations separated visually in any way? How did this improve your reading of this book?
Essay Topic 3
Explain the significance of the book's title, "A FISTFUL OF FIG NEWTONS." Why did Shepherd choose this title? Is there an understood message in the title? Is there another title you can suggest that might be just as appropriate?
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