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. Which of the following people punches Ozzy in the nose in the story "Conversation of the Jews"?

2. In the story "Akhnilo," how many words does Eddie Fenn believe he can hear being whispered in the wind?

3. In the story "The Misfits," what does Gay Langland do for a living?

4. What do the sailors use to coax the monkey down from the mast when it is upset?

5. Which of the following boys is NOT present in the story "Murderers"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Leo Finkel meet his wife in "The Magic Barrel"?

6. What stories do the old men from the cove tell the narrator in the story "Water Liars"?

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

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

9. What type of relationship does the narrator have with her dead son in the story "Dream Children"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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