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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. Who is the co-editor of this collection along with Tom Jenks?

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

3. In the story "Fever", who is Carol?

4. Which of the following adjectives best describes Vance's student, Katie Jay, in the story, "The Amish Farmer"?

5. To which of the following ancient tribes is the gypsy compared in the story "The Fisherman from Chihuahua"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unfortunate site does Willi witness in the story of the same name, and how does the young boy react to what he's seen?

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

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

4. How does Eileen react to the news of Carlyle's illness in the story "Fever"?

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

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

7. What interesting behavior does Damaso exhibit while in town in the story "The Fisherman From Chihuahua"?

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

9. What is Earl's first impression of the town Rock Springs?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In the story "The Misfits," Gay is a man who cannot commit to anything for a long period of time. Describe Gay's character and explain why he a fear of commitment. Choose one relationship in Gay's life and explain how his fear of commitment affected that relationship. Finally, describe the relationship between Gay and Perce. What brings these two men closer together? What threatens to tear them apart? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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