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. Where did the narrator meet his friend, Howard, for lunch?

2. What was the narrator's first class in high school?

3. What is the narrator's brother's name?

4. According to the narrator, Camper people are ____________________.

5. Who does the narrator mention as a negative part of Van Culture?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.

3. What prompts the narrator to think of the Johnson Smith catalog?

4. What scenario does the narrator imagine in which archaeologists discover television advertising and what are their perceptions of it?

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

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

7. With what does the narrator credit the Johnson Smith catalog for being and how will it stand up as an American culture artifact?

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

9. What ironies does the narrator point out in the actuality of camper and van usage as opposed to the typical perceptions of the vehicles?

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

Essay Topics

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

Shepherd was a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Shepherd's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in this book.

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