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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 "Bystander" is a reflection of fatherhood as seen through the eyes of Arty and his relationship with his father, Lewis. First, describe the relationship Arty had with his father in his childhood. Then, compare that to the relationship he has with his father in adulthood. Explain why Arty feels like a "Bystander" in his relationship with his father and why, even though he feels inactive. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

"Shiloh" is yet another tale of a couple torn apart by the loss of their child. First, describe how Leroy and Norma's child died and what each of their reactions was to this loss. Describe how the loss of a child affected Norman and Lyle's marriage. What does Lyle want for and from Norma? What does Norma want for and from Lyle? At the end of the story, do you think there is hope for Norma and Lyle making their marriage work? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Story of a Scar," the young man listening to the older woman's story constantly heckles the story and judges the woman before its completion. Choose at least two examples of moments in which the young man judged the older woman. What assumptions did he make about her before she had finished her story? Did his assumptions turn out to be true? Explain why or why not. Finally, describe how the young man reacted when the older woman's story was complete. Had his opinion of the woman changed or did it remain the same? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe help to strengthen your arguments.

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