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 following facts about Leroy's wife, Norma Jean, is NOT true?

2. What do the sailors use to coax the monkey down from the mast when it is upset?

3. What is the name of the cove to where the narrator escapes in the story "Water Liars"?

4. How did Norma Jean and Leroy's baby die?

5. What animal does Jancy hit with her car on her drive to visit with her boyfriend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Gil make his way to Galven's house in the story "Ile's Forest," and what is his greeting there?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

In the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the grandmother has an obsession with one article of clothing. First, describe that article of clothing and explain why it is so important to the grandmother. What does the grandmother think this item of clothing represents? Then, explain what happens to this article of clothing as the story progresses. How does the change in the clothing item represent the emotional and moral changes occurring in the grandmother's character? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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