American Short Story Masterpieces Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What animal has the fisherman brought with him during the trip to keep the threesome company in "The Ledge"?

2. What does the son of the Cove's founder claim to have seen on the island?

3. How many hours must Jancy drive to visit with her boyfriend?

4. What is streaked on Jancy's car after the accident, which makes her think about her father?

5. What fierce storm tore up the land, causing the monkey to become adrift in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the monkey goes wild aboard the ship in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?

2. In the story "The Misfits," how does Gay Langland feel about relationships?

3. What happens after David accidentally shoots his father in the leg in the story "Walking Out"?

4. What happens to Jancy on her drive to visit with her boyfriend in the story "The Heavenly Animal"?

5. What strains threaten to ruin the marriage of Leroy Moffitt and Norma Jean in the story "Shiloh"?

6. How does David Hawthorne die in the story "Redemption," and what is his family's reaction?

7. How does the fisherman die in the story "The Ledge"?

8. How does the grandmother react when face-to-face with the killer she read about in the newspapers?

9. What type of hunting experience does the fisherman and his boys have in the story "The Ledge"?

10. How does the narrator react when her father falls ill in "The Lover of Horses"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 "Talk of Heroes" is the tale of wars, both personal and literal. Choose one character from this story who fought in a literal war and describe what happened to this character as a result of their experiences. Compare those experiences to the experiences of a character who fought in a personal war. What comparison do you think the author is trying to make about battles (either real or figurative) in one's personal life. Which is more dangerous? Which has disastrous effects? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Many critics have claimed that the story "Willi" is a cautionary tale against the danger of infidelity. Describe the situation through which infidelity is introduced into this story. Create a list of emotions generated by the characters in this story after the infidelity is revealed. Explain whether you agree with the critics who claim this story to be a cautionary tale and explain why. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

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