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 is the name of the river on which the Cove is situation in the story "Water Liars"?

2. Which of the following is NOT something Ozzy makes the spectators admit while standing on the roof?

3. What is the name of Gay's wife in the story "The Misfits"?

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

5. Where does the young woman work in "The Story of a Scar"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the rabbi call the young boys "Murderers!" in the story of the same name?

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

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

5. How does a monkey end up aboard ship in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?

6. What does Ozzy demand of his spectators in the story "The Conversation of the Jews"?

7. Who do Galven and Poma almost break up in the story "Ile's Forest"?

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

9. Why don't roommates Henry and Osmond get along in the story "The Christian Roommates"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "Fever," Carlyle has three main women in his life who play a part in helping him heal from his "sickness." Describe the sickness that Carlyle suffers from in his story. Choose two of the important women in his life and describe their role in helping him heal. What is the same about their methods of care? What is different? Describe how Carlyle emerged from his sickness, and what he learned about his life and relationships while he was ill. 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

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.

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