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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 item is marketed to both cyclists and ladies in the Johnson Smith catalog?
2. Who was the character in the Charmin bathroom tissue commercials?
3. According to the narrator, Van people are ___________________.
4. What might the archaeologists think about people squeezing rolls of Charmin bathroom tissue?
5. What might be an item found in the Johnson Smith catalog?
Short Essay Questions
1. What prompts the narrator's memory about the great ice cream war?
2. What was the worst case scenario of a BNA?
3. What are the typical bumper sticker messages found on campers as opposed to the stickers found on vans?
4. What defense mechanisms did the kids in the back of the room develop in order to deflect the teachers' questions?
5. Describe the narrator's surprise inspiration in Algebra class and how he avoided looking like the failure he was sure he was.
6. What has the NLGA done to try to counteract the negative perceptions of lemons?
7. How was the great Ice Cream War another example of brains vs. brawn in the narrator's life?
8. With what does the narrator credit the Johnson Smith catalog for being and how will it stand up as an American culture artifact?
9. What prompts the narrator to think of the Johnson Smith catalog?
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 wrote most of these stories with the theme of disappointment. Choose three situations from any of the stories and explain the disappointment in each. How did the narrator maintain any hope given the disappointments he always seemed to experience?
Essay Topic 2
Explain how the narrator is always positioned as an "everyman" in each of the stories. Define what is meant by "everyman" and cite two examples in which the narrator assumes this role. Was he comfortable knowing he was neither brain nor brawn, but a curious observer? Explain.
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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