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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. In the story the writer is composing in the tale "1/3, 1/3, 1/3," with whom does the lead character fall in love?

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

3. How do the school children respond to John Williams when he joins their school?

4. What does Carlyle do for a living?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator react when her father falls ill in "The Lover of Horses"?

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

3. Why does Gil make his way to Galven's house in the story "Ile's Forest," and what is his greeting there?

4. What strains threaten to ruin the marriage of Leroy Moffitt and Norma Jean in the story "Shiloh"?

5. Why did Sam's ex-wives walk out on him in the story "The Wedding"?

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

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

8. How is the narrator viewed by the townsfolk in the story "Dream Children"?

9. What type of relationship do George and Lenore have in the story "Weekend"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Fat Girl" is a story of a woman who struggles with every relationship in her life, from her relationship with others to her relationship with herself. Describe why Louise struggles to love herself. Describe what steps Louise takes to better her life and the outcome of these attempts. Explain how Louise's struggles for love and acceptance rear their head again once she is married and has become a mother. What does Louise give up in order to find herself again? What is Louise's emotional journey? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 2

The story "Ile Forest," centers around one singular crime and the idea of man judging another man, or absolving him of his crimes. First, describe the crime that was committed in Ile's Forest. Who was involved? What was the outcome of the crime? Choose two characters from Ile's present life and describe how these two characters judged Ile for his crime. Were they willing to forgive him? Why or why not? In the end, do you think justice was served to Ile for his crimes? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text that you strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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