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American Short Story Masterpieces Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

"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.

"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.

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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