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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 does Louise's husband do for a living?

2. How are Earl and Edna related?

3. With whom does Willi accidentally witness his mother having an affair?

4. What is the name of Earl's daughter?

5. Why has Emily's daughter come to stay with her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Push like John Williams, and what does he do about it?

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

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

4. What interesting behavior does Damaso exhibit while in town in the story "The Fisherman From Chihuahua"?

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

6. What instrument does Jack Hawthorne learn to play in the story "Redemption," and why?

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

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

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

10. How did the older woman in "The Story of a Scar" get the scar on her face?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The story "The Lover of Horses" is a story about obsessions. First, create a list of the obsessions present in the family of the narrator. Which of these obsessions do you think is most harmful to the family's function? Why? Choose one of the obsessions from your list and explain how it leads to heartache for some characters, and a sense of grandeur for others. Finally, explain how the narrator is able to succumb to her own obsessions only as a method of letting her father go. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Many critics have claimed that the story "Willi" is a cautionary tale against the danger of infidelity. Describe the situation through which infidelity is introduced into this story. Create a list of emotions generated by the characters in this story after the infidelity is revealed. Explain whether you agree with the critics who claim this story to be a cautionary tale and explain why. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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