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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 has the fisherman brought with him during the trip to keep the threesome company in "The Ledge"?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why doesn't the grandmother want to go on vacation with her family in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

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

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 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 3

"Shiloh" is yet another tale of a couple torn apart by the loss of their child. First, describe how Leroy and Norma's child died and what each of their reactions was to this loss. Describe how the loss of a child affected Norman and Lyle's marriage. What does Lyle want for and from Norma? What does Norma want for and from Lyle? At the end of the story, do you think there is hope for Norma and Lyle making their marriage work? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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