A Fistful of Fig Newtons Test | Final Test - Hard

Jean Shepherd
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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 narrator's most common position in life?

2. The archaeologists may think that Colonel Sanders is a ________________.

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

4. How did the narrator manage to escape taking the final Algebra exam?

5. For what type of firm did Howard work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Mr. Leggett managed to drive The Happy Cow out of business.

2. What was the worst case scenario of a BNA?

3. What prompts the narrator to think about advertising and a future archaeological dig where New York City is excavated?

4. What has the NLGA done to try to counteract the negative perceptions of lemons?

5. What are the typical bumper sticker messages found on campers as opposed to the stickers found on vans?

6. Why does the narrator focus on TV commercials as a true reflection of American society?

7. Describe the narrator's surprise inspiration in Algebra class and how he avoided looking like the failure he was sure he was.

8. What human foibles does the Johnson Smith catalog prey on and why does the narrator appreciate it?

9. Who is Howard and why is he so depressed about the word "lemon"?

10. How was the great Ice Cream War another example of brains vs. brawn in the narrator's life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator introduces the reader to several types of people in the book. Do you think he liked any one of them more than the others? Who would you choose to be your new friend among the people the narrator introduced in the book? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Give some examples of humor in the book. Do you think Shepherd appreciated slapstick humor or wit of a more sophisticated nature? Or both? Explain.

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