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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. Which of the following examples is NOT a way that Push attempts to show dominance over John Williams?

2. How does Willi react when he hears his father beating his mother at night?

3. Which of the following is NOT a way that Louise reacts when she begins to gain weight during her pregnancy?

4. Which of the following facts is true about Eugene Kraft in "A Poetic for Bullies"?

5. What act of affection do Lewis and Arty share before Arty leaves his father alone in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the fisherman die in the story "The Ledge"?

2. What prompts the narrator in "Sonny's Blues" to reach out to his incarcerated brother?

3. What stories do the old men from the cove tell the narrator in the story "Water Liars"?

4. What type of relationship does the narrator have with her dead son in the story "Dream Children"?

5. What is Carlyle's life like at the opening of the story "Fever"?

6. How does Pendleton react to the newcomer in his restaurant in the story "The Fisherman From Chihuahua"?

7. How does Willie's father react when Willi tells him what he witnessed in the barn?

8. What type of relationship does Louise have with her mother in the story "The Fat Girl"?

9. Why doesn't the grandmother want to go on vacation with her family in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

10. How does the grandmother react when face-to-face with the killer she read about in the newspapers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The story "Push" is all about the dangers of threats, either real or imagined. First, describe the two main characters of the story. What is the same about these two boys? What is different? Describe how they threaten one another and what actions each boy takes to ensure that they are the most popular kid on the playground. Then, describe the events of the boy's final fight on the playground. Which was victorious? What did each of the boys learn about themselves through their fights and threats for popularity? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

The story "Talk of Heroes" is the tale of wars, both personal and literal. Choose one character from this story who fought in a literal war and describe what happened to this character as a result of their experiences. Compare those experiences to the experiences of a character who fought in a personal war. What comparison do you think the author is trying to make about battles (either real or figurative) in one's personal life. Which is more dangerous? Which has disastrous effects? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

In the story "Weekend," age becomes a factor in the relationships George forms. First, describe the women that George has a tendency to get romantically involved with. Where does he meet these women? What does their age difference tend to be? Explain the ways that George medicates himself through romantic relationships. What else does George depend on to make himself feel good about the age differences in his love life? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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