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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 animal attacks David while he is going for a drink of water at the lake?

2. In the story "The Liar," in what country does James say he works with young children?

3. What type of travel does the narrator in "Dream Children" believe in?

4. What color are the monkey's eyes in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?

5. What group of people does the wife in "The Used-Boys Raisers" believe were put on earth to be "a thorn in the side of mankind"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What type of obsessions affect the narrator's family in "The Lover of Horses"?

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

"Letters from the Samantha" tells the tale of a sea captain and his relationship with a giant ape. First, describe how the sea captain first came in contact with the giant ape and what his first response of the animal was. Then, explain why the captain's opinion of the giant ape suddenly changed? How did the relationship between the captain and the ape finally end? Which individual proved to have more menacing animal instincts? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

"The Fat Girl" is a story of a woman who struggles with every relationship in her life, from her relationship with others to her relationship with herself. Describe why Louise struggles to love herself. Describe what steps Louise takes to better her life and the outcome of these attempts. Explain how Louise's struggles for love and acceptance rear their head again once she is married and has become a mother. What does Louise give up in order to find herself again? What is Louise's emotional journey? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

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