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. In the story "Ile Forest," what does Gil do for a living?

2. Which of the following facts about Leroy's wife, Norma Jean, is NOT true?

3. What does the narrator's father hope to accomplish by playing cards in the story "The Lover of Horses"?

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

5. In "Murderers," whose house do the young boys snoop in"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

The story "The Wedding" is all about loneliness. First, describe the loneliness of Sam, Elizabeth, and the child. What is the same about their loneliness? What is different? Describe the relationship between Elizabeth's loneliness and her passion for reading. How do these two seemingly unrelated things affect each other? Finally, describe how loneliness brought Sam and Elizabeth together in marriage. In the end, do you think the couple was settling, or were they truly in love? How can you tell? 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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