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 narrator's first class in high school?

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

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

4. The narrator compares Van Culture with the ___________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the narrator attribute his academic doom to classroom seating?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explain some of the examples of regionalism found in the book. Can regionalism include more than accents and food? What else encompasses the culture and personality of a region? What are the major differences Shepherd found as he traveled from place to place?

Essay Topic 2

One of the most striking characteristics of Shepherd's writing was his complete honesty. Explain why this is necessary to complete a book of this nature. Would a reader be able to see through fabrications and falsehoods in a book like this? Describe why this format is the perfect for Shepherd's personality.

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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