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

3. What local landmark did the narrator see when returning to his hometown?

4. What does the narrator especially appreciate about the catalog?

5. The narrator compares Van Culture with the ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What prompts the narrator to think of the Johnson Smith catalog?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Shepherd was a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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