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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. How many husbands does the woman in "The Used-Boys Raisers" have?

2. In the story "Shiloh," what does Leroy Moffitt do for a living?

3. How far does David carry his father on his back after accidentally shooting him in the leg?

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

5. In "The Ledge," which of the following adjectives would the wife use to describe her husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Sam's ex-wives walk out on him in the story "The Wedding"?

9. How is the narrator viewed by the townsfolk in the story "Dream Children"?

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 "The Amish Farmer," Vance, a teacher, attempts to tell a story to his students to explain point-of-view. First, describe the story that Vance tells his students. How does Vance believe this story shows point-of-view narration? Do you agree with Vance? Why or why not? Then, describe Vance's students' reaction to his story. How does the reaction from the students exemplify Vance's lesson for the readers? 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 "Bystander" is a reflection of fatherhood as seen through the eyes of Arty and his relationship with his father, Lewis. First, describe the relationship Arty had with his father in his childhood. Then, compare that to the relationship he has with his father in adulthood. Explain why Arty feels like a "Bystander" in his relationship with his father and why, even though he feels inactive. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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