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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 question does the young man ask the older woman at the doctor's office at the end of "The Story of a Scar"?
2. In the story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," where is the family planning to travel to for vacation?
3. What does the narrator's husband in the story "Dream Children" do for a living?
4. In "Murderers," whose house do the young boys snoop in"?
5. In the story "Ile Forest," what does Gil do for a living?
Short Essay Questions
1. What stories do the old men from the cove tell the narrator in the story "Water Liars"?
2. What does Ozzy demand of his spectators in the story "The Conversation of the Jews"?
3. In the story "The Misfits," how does Gay Langland feel about relationships?
4. Why does the rabbi call the young boys "Murderers!" in the story of the same name?
5. How does the grandmother react when face-to-face with the killer she read about in the newspapers?
6. What happens when the monkey goes wild aboard the ship in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?
7. How does a monkey end up aboard ship in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?
8. Why did Sam's ex-wives walk out on him in the story "The Wedding"?
9. How does David Hawthorne die in the story "Redemption," and what is his family's reaction?
10. How is the narrator viewed by the townsfolk in the story "Dream Children"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"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.
Essay Topic 2
In "The Story of a Scar," the young man listening to the older woman's story constantly heckles the story and judges the woman before its completion. Choose at least two examples of moments in which the young man judged the older woman. What assumptions did he make about her before she had finished her story? Did his assumptions turn out to be true? Explain why or why not. Finally, describe how the young man reacted when the older woman's story was complete. Had his opinion of the woman changed or did it remain the same? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe help to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
The story "Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is full of moments when reality and fantasy intermix, particularly in the mind of Connie. Describe the fantasy Connie has about love and compare that to the reality of the romance present in her young life. Then, describe the fantasy Connie creates about Arnold Friend and compare it to the reality of who he really is. Finally, explain the way that Connie's experiences with Arnold, either real or imagined, affected the way she views the world. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.
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