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 might be an item found in the Johnson Smith catalog?

2. The narrator finds that Van people and Camper people are all ________________.

3. Why might the films found on Madison Ave. lead the archaeologists to think they are scriptures?

4. Who was the character in the Charmin bathroom tissue commercials?

5. Which animals stun the archaeologists in the commercials?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the worst case scenario of a BNA?

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

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

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

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

6. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.

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

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

10. What are the typical bumper sticker messages found on campers as opposed to the stickers found on vans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the narrator's childhood growing up in a small town in Indiana in the 1930s. What was his family life like? Who were his friends? What were his school experiences? How did these people and experiences form him into the adult he would become?

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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