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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. The narrator compares Van Culture with the ___________________.
2. What might be a typical soap item disguised as something else in the catalog?
3. What caught on fire in the Kissell household?
4. What did the narrator's father do first when he came home from work?
5. According to the narrator, how do Van people drive?
Short Essay Questions
1. What prompts the narrator to think about advertising and a future archaeological dig where New York City is excavated?
2. How does the narrator's experience in the Lincoln Tunnel mirror his demeanor during his school years?
3. Describe how Mr. Leggett managed to drive The Happy Cow out of business.
4. What has the NLGA done to try to counteract the negative perceptions of lemons?
5. Why does the narrator attribute his academic doom to classroom seating?
6. What defense mechanisms did the kids in the back of the room develop in order to deflect the teachers' questions?
7. Who is Howard and why is he so depressed about the word "lemon"?
8. Why does the narrator focus on TV commercials as a true reflection of American society?
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.
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 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
Create a "character" sketch of the state of New Jersey. What personality shines through for you for this state? Did Shepherd make you want to learn more and perhaps visit one day? What would you most like to see? What is the one fact or interesting feature that you can recall about New Jersey? Explain.
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