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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 elements is NOT true about Sean's childhood memory of his father?
2. Who is the co-editor of this collection along with Tom Jenks?
3. Who died, prompting the narrator to contact Sonny?
4. What is the name of Emily's daughter in the story "Talk of Heroes"?
5. Whose death prompted Sonny to start using drugs?
Short Essay Questions
1. What memory does Sean have of his father from when he was a 6 year old boy in the story "Midair"?
2. What happens when Sean is trapped in an elevator in the story "Midair"?
3. Why does Daniel aggressively attack Noel in the story "The Amish Farmer"?
4. How does Willie's father react when Willi tells him what he witnessed in the barn?
5. How does Arty's father react when his son comes for a visit at the mental institution in the story "The Bystander"?
6. What unfortunate site does Willi witness in the story of the same name, and how does the young boy react to what he's seen?
7. How does Louise's husband react when Louise gains weight during her pregnancy?
8. What reaction does the narrator have when watching Sonny play his music in the story "Sonny's Blues"?
9. What type of relationship do George and Lenore have in the story "Weekend"?
10. Why has Earl taken to the road in "Rock Springs" and who does he take with him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The story "Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is full of moments when reality and fantasy intermix, particularly in the mind of Connie. Describe the fantasy Connie has about love and compare that to the reality of the romance present in her young life. Then, describe the fantasy Connie creates about Arnold Friend and compare it to the reality of who he really is. Finally, explain the way that Connie's experiences with Arnold, either real or imagined, affected the way she views the world. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
In the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the grandmother has an obsession with one article of clothing. First, describe that article of clothing and explain why it is so important to the grandmother. What does the grandmother think this item of clothing represents? Then, explain what happens to this article of clothing as the story progresses. How does the change in the clothing item represent the emotional and moral changes occurring in the grandmother's character? 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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