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. The archaeologists may think that a dog in a commercial is a __________________.

2. What does the narrator especially appreciate about the catalog?

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

4. What is the narrator's most common position in life?

5. What might the archaeologists think about people squeezing rolls of Charmin bathroom tissue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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