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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

"Water Liars" expresses the relationship between truth and story telling. Choose one of the stories that the men told on Farte's Pier and express whether or not you believe the story to be true and why. Why do the men on the pier continue to tell the story? What message is sent to the reader about the value of truth, or lack thereof, in a good story? How do the stories told at Farte's Pier help the narrator cope with his personal problems? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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

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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