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 family members warns against the vacation due to a killer being on the loose in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

2. How often did the narrator's father lose money when he was gambling in "The Lover of Horses"?

3. In the story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," where is the family planning to travel to for vacation?

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

5. How many members of the family are killed by the killer in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lie did James tell his fellow bus riders in the story "The Liar"?

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

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

4. What instrument does Jack Hawthorne learn to play in the story "Redemption," and why?

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

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

7. How did the older woman in "The Story of a Scar" get the scar on her face?

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

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

10. Who is Arnold Friend in the story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "Redemption," Dale and Jack deal with David's death in different ways. Describe what the relationship between these two characters was like before David's death and compare it to what their relationship is like after David's death. How did each of these men cope with their loss? Explain how Jack eventually found "redemption" for his emotions. How did this sense of redemption affect his relationship with Dale? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

The story "Ile Forest," centers around one singular crime and the idea of man judging another man, or absolving him of his crimes. First, describe the crime that was committed in Ile's Forest. Who was involved? What was the outcome of the crime? Choose two characters from Ile's present life and describe how these two characters judged Ile for his crime. Were they willing to forgive him? Why or why not? In the end, do you think justice was served to Ile for his crimes? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text that you strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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