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. According to the narrator, how do Camper people drive?

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

3. What might be an item found in the Johnson Smith catalog?

4. What item is marketed to both cyclists and ladies in the Johnson Smith catalog?

5. What does the narrator ruminate on as he sits in the tunnel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the differences in driving styles between the Camper Crowd and van people?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a "character" sketch of the state of New Jersey. What personality shines through for you for this state? Did Shepherd make you want to learn more and perhaps visit one day? What would you most like to see? What is the one fact or interesting feature that you can recall about New Jersey? 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

Describe the overall settings for the stories. What is important about each setting as it is revealed? What are the time periods of the stories? How important are the time periods to the attitudes and issues of the people?

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