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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 facts is true about Eugene Kraft in "A Poetic for Bullies"?

2. Which of the following food items does Louise eat in front of her husband as an act of defiance?

3. How much older is George than his wife?

4. What were the doctors who took Sean's father away carrying?

5. While taking a walk with his children, what does Sean's father realize he has forgotten, or is missing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What reason does Raymond Carver give about why he wanted to compose this collection of short stories?

3. What happens when Sean is trapped in an elevator in the story "Midair"?

4. What prompts the narrator in "Sonny's Blues" to reach out to his incarcerated brother?

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

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

7. What pleasant memory does the young girl from the story "Verona" have about her father from her childhood?

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

9. What part about Arty's life made him feel like a "Bystander"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story "Bystander" is a reflection of fatherhood as seen through the eyes of Arty and his relationship with his father, Lewis. First, describe the relationship Arty had with his father in his childhood. Then, compare that to the relationship he has with his father in adulthood. Explain why Arty feels like a "Bystander" in his relationship with his father and why, even though he feels inactive. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

"The Christian Roommates" is the story of two young men who come together in college and end up changing each others lives irrevocably. First, describe the two roommates, Orson and Henry. What is the same about these two young men? What is different about them? Then, choose at least two arguments the two roommates got into during their time together at Harvard. How did these arguments affect their friendship? Finally, choose one of the two roommates and explain what happened to them after graduation. How was their life irrevocably altered by the roommate they spent time with at Harvard? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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