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 did Howard publish on behalf of his client, the National Lemon Growers Association?

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

3. The narrator gives an imaginary lecture on ____________________.

4. How does the narrator characterize himself?

5. What did Flick say that his grandfather drank to cure a cold?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.

2. How does the narrator's experience in the Lincoln Tunnel mirror his demeanor during his school years?

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

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

5. What defense mechanisms did the kids in the back of the room develop in order to deflect the teachers' questions?

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

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 prompts the narrator's memory about the great ice cream war?

9. Why do people find items such as those found in the Johnson Smith catalog to be humorous?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several events of foreshadowing in the stories. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the stories that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Humor takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

Shepherd wrote most of these stories with the theme of disappointment. Choose three situations from any of the stories and explain the disappointment in each. How did the narrator maintain any hope given the disappointments he always seemed to experience?

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