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 prank does the narrator consider doing in the Lincoln Tunnel?

2. Which animals stun the archaeologists in the commercials?

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

4. Two words likely to be found on the bumper stickers of vans are love and ____________.

5. What did the narrator's father do first when he came home from work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does the narrator speculate that the archaeologists might think the commercials are somehow religious media?

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

8. Why does the narrator attribute his academic doom to classroom seating?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the narrator is always positioned as an "everyman" in each of the stories. Define what is meant by "everyman" and cite two examples in which the narrator assumes this role. Was he comfortable knowing he was neither brain nor brawn, but a curious observer? Explain.

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

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?

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