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. Sitting in his car, the narrator thinks about all the expressions about ___________ in the English language.

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

3. What was the title of the article that the narrator wrote for the GM magazine?

4. Of what do the kids at the back of the class live in fear?

5. Ironically, the happy, family, outdoorsy vehicle known as the camper is now used by the Mafia as ____________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.

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

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

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

5. What scenario does the narrator imagine in which archaeologists discover television advertising and what are their perceptions of it?

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

7. What prompts the narrator to think of the Johnson Smith catalog?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Create a character study of the narrator. What are his physical characteristics? What are his personality traits? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What else can you say about the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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