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 was the name of the General Motors magazine for which the narrator wrote an article?

2. What local landmark did the narrator see when returning to his hometown?

3. The narrator gives an imaginary lecture on ____________________.

4. What does the narrator speculate that the archaeologists will find in the city?

5. How did the narrator arrive at the correct answer to the equation in front of the Algebra class?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the narrator recall growing up in his family in small-town Indiana?

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

6. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.

7. What is the imaginary Sociology lecture the narrator gives on car culture and describe the differences between the Camper Crowd and Van people.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the format of the book. How does the narrator distinguish between current activity and flashbacks to his past? What is the difference is style and tone? Are the differentiations separated visually in any way? How did this improve your reading of this book?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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