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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 is NOT a way that Dale Carter attempts to deal with his grief after his son dies?

2. What question does the young man ask the older woman at the doctor's office at the end of "The Story of a Scar"?

3. Which of Jancy's possessions is her father obsessed with in the story "The Heavenly Animal"?

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

5. What does the son of the Cove's founder claim to have seen on the island?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In the story "The Misfits," how does Gay Langland feel about relationships?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story "Push" is all about the dangers of threats, either real or imagined. First, describe the two main characters of the story. What is the same about these two boys? What is different? Describe how they threaten one another and what actions each boy takes to ensure that they are the most popular kid on the playground. Then, describe the events of the boy's final fight on the playground. Which was victorious? What did each of the boys learn about themselves through their fights and threats for popularity? 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 "The Lover of Horses" is a story about obsessions. First, create a list of the obsessions present in the family of the narrator. Which of these obsessions do you think is most harmful to the family's function? Why? Choose one of the obsessions from your list and explain how it leads to heartache for some characters, and a sense of grandeur for others. Finally, explain how the narrator is able to succumb to her own obsessions only as a method of letting her father go. Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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