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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 is one of the "get rich quick" products in the catalog?
2. What does the narrator ruminate on as he sits in the tunnel?
3. What did the narrator's father do first when he came home from work?
4. How is the Johnson Smith catalog distributed?
5. What sport does the narrator recall playing with his friends?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do people find items such as those found in the Johnson Smith catalog to be humorous?
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. What scenario does the narrator imagine in which archaeologists discover television advertising and what are their perceptions of it?
4. What are the differences in driving styles between the Camper Crowd and van people?
5. What prompts the narrator's memory about the great ice cream war?
6. How does the narrator speculate that the archaeologists might think the commercials are somehow religious media?
7. How does the narrator recall growing up in his family in small-town Indiana?
8. What are the typical bumper sticker messages found on campers as opposed to the stickers found on vans?
9. Define a BNA and cite some supporting examples.
10. Who is Howard and why is he so depressed about the word "lemon"?
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
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 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?
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