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. What group of people does the wife in "The Used-Boys Raisers" believe were put on earth to be "a thorn in the side of mankind"?

2. Who does the narrator of the story "Dream Children" claim to meet with during her times of travel?

3. How many hours must Jancy drive to visit with her boyfriend?

4. In the story "The Lover of Horses," what does the narrator's family do for a living?

5. What type of books most interest the narrator in the story "Dream Children"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What instrument does Jack Hawthorne learn to play in the story "Redemption," and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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.

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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