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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

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.

"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.

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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