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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 "Fever", who is Carol?

2. In the story "Sonny's Blues," in which branch of the armed forces did the narrator serve?

3. As an adult, which of the following facts about Sean is NOT true?

4. In what year was the latest story in this collection published?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of relationship does George have with his ex-students?

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

3. How does Arty react in the story "The Bystander" when his father is committed to a mental institution?

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

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

6. Who is Push in the story "A Poetic for Bullies," and who is his sidekick?

7. What reaction does the narrator have when watching Sonny play his music in the story "Sonny's Blues"?

8. Why does Lenore comfort George at the end of the story "Weekend"?

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

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

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 "Push" is all about the dangers of threats, either real or imagined. First, describe the two main characters of the story. What is the same about these two boys? What is different? Describe how they threaten one another and what actions each boy takes to ensure that they are the most popular kid on the playground. Then, describe the events of the boy's final fight on the playground. Which was victorious? What did each of the boys learn about themselves through their fights and threats for popularity? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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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