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 did Howard publish on behalf of his client, the National Lemon Growers Association?

2. The term "lemon" when used to refer to a bad car began with a man who lost a race in ____________ in 1903.

3. What disturbing information did the groundskeeper at the park tell the boys?

4. What might the archaeologists think about people squeezing rolls of Charmin bathroom tissue?

5. Which animals stun the archaeologists in the commercials?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do people find items such as those found in the Johnson Smith catalog to be humorous?

3. What prompts the narrator to think about advertising and a future archaeological dig where New York City is excavated?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What are the differences in driving styles between the Camper Crowd and van people?

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

Describe the narrator's character. What are his similarities to Jean Shepherd? Do you think the narrator's character was based on Shepherd himself? Cite your reasons for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the point of view of this book? Why did Shepherd use this point of view? Is it the only way the book could have realistically been written? How else could Shepherd have used point of view to alter the rhythm of the book? Explain.

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