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 the archaeologists think about people squeezing rolls of Charmin bathroom tissue?

2. For what type of firm did Howard work?

3. Boys would order books recounting stories of ______________ from the Johnson Smith catalog.

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

5. What item in the catalog would appeal to the violent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.

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

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

4. What defense mechanisms did the kids in the back of the room develop in order to deflect the teachers' questions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shepherd was masterful at crafting literary descriptions for his readers. Choose a paragraph from the book which you find especially descriptive. How do you think Shepherd was able to craft it the way he did? What is so appealing to you about the passage? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Shepherd's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in this book.

Essay Topic 3

Humor takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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