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. According to the narrator, Camper people are ____________________.

2. Which animals stun the archaeologists in the commercials?

3. What prank does the narrator consider doing in the Lincoln Tunnel?

4. What might be a typical soap item disguised as something else in the catalog?

5. According to the narrator, how do Camper people drive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With what does the narrator credit the Johnson Smith catalog for being and how will it stand up as an American culture artifact?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What human foibles does the Johnson Smith catalog prey on and why does the narrator appreciate it?

10. Describe the narrator's surprise inspiration in Algebra class and how he avoided looking like the failure he was sure he was.

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

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 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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