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 boys is most troubled by the events leading up to the death in the story "Murderers" and thinks about the events during the whole time at camp?

2. How far away does the fisherman guesstimate his boat is when he realizes it floated away from their ledge?

3. How does Ile's servant treat Gil when he arrives in the forest?

4. How does Jack Hawthorne accidentally kill his brother in the story "Redemption"?

5. Which of the following people punches Ozzy in the nose in the story "Conversation of the Jews"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the monkey die in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?

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

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

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

8. What type of relationship does the narrator have with her dead son in the story "Dream Children"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Water Liars" expresses the relationship between truth and story telling. Choose one of the stories that the men told on Farte's Pier and express whether or not you believe the story to be true and why. Why do the men on the pier continue to tell the story? What message is sent to the reader about the value of truth, or lack thereof, in a good story? How do the stories told at Farte's Pier help the narrator cope with his personal problems? 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 "Talk of Heroes" is the tale of wars, both personal and literal. Choose one character from this story who fought in a literal war and describe what happened to this character as a result of their experiences. Compare those experiences to the experiences of a character who fought in a personal war. What comparison do you think the author is trying to make about battles (either real or figurative) in one's personal life. Which is more dangerous? Which has disastrous effects? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

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