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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 is the name of Louise's college roommate?

2. What reason is Pendleton given for the gypsy's disappearance from town?

3. What fears does Arty have about his emotions before meeting with his father at the mental hospital?

4. In the story, "Rock Springs," what handicap affects Terrel?

5. From what country is the man who comes to the restaurant in Pendleton's town and eats alone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of authors did Jenks and Carver seek to publish in this short story collection?

2. Why has Earl taken to the road in "Rock Springs" and who does he take with him?

3. How does Arty's father react when his son comes for a visit at the mental institution in the story "The Bystander"?

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

5. What is Sean's married life like?

6. What arrangement is struck-up between the three destitute characters in the story "1/3, 1/3, 1/3"?

7. What does Sonny blame his heroin addiction on?

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

9. How does Louise's husband react when Louise gains weight during her pregnancy?

10. What type of relationship does Carlyle form with Mrs. Webster in the story "Fever"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Christian Roommates" is the story of two young men who come together in college and end up changing each others lives irrevocably. First, describe the two roommates, Orson and Henry. What is the same about these two young men? What is different about them? Then, choose at least two arguments the two roommates got into during their time together at Harvard. How did these arguments affect their friendship? Finally, choose one of the two roommates and explain what happened to them after graduation. How was their life irrevocably altered by the roommate they spent time with at Harvard? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

In the story "Fever," Carlyle has three main women in his life who play a part in helping him heal from his "sickness." Describe the sickness that Carlyle suffers from in his story. Choose two of the important women in his life and describe their role in helping him heal. What is the same about their methods of care? What is different? Describe how Carlyle emerged from his sickness, and what he learned about his life and relationships while he was ill. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

The story "The Wedding" is all about loneliness. First, describe the loneliness of Sam, Elizabeth, and the child. What is the same about their loneliness? What is different? Describe the relationship between Elizabeth's loneliness and her passion for reading. How do these two seemingly unrelated things affect each other? Finally, describe how loneliness brought Sam and Elizabeth together in marriage. In the end, do you think the couple was settling, or were they truly in love? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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