A Fistful of Fig Newtons Test | Final Test - Hard

Jean Shepherd
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what do the kids at the back of the class live in fear?

2. Who does the narrator say are not heroes anymore?

3. What prank does the narrator consider doing in the Lincoln Tunnel?

4. According to Howard, what are the BNAs?

5. What was the narrator's mother cooking for dinner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why did Shepherd choose to use the first person narrator perspective for the stories? What does this point of view entail? What do you know about the characters and the plot lines that you would not know from a different point of view? What do you NOT know about the characters and plot lines based on this point of view?

Essay Topic 2

One of the most striking characteristics of Shepherd's writing was his complete honesty. Explain why this is necessary to complete a book of this nature. Would a reader be able to see through fabrications and falsehoods in a book like this? Describe why this format is the perfect for Shepherd's personality.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the narrator's character. What are his similarities to Jean Shepherd? Do you think the narrator's character was based on Shepherd himself? Cite your reasons for your opinion.

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