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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. How old was the narrator of "Music for Lovers"'s daughter, Dawn, when she fell off the roof?

2. What genre is "The Last You'll Hear from Me"?

3. The phrases "'I hope it doesn't tire him out'" and "'the original boob tube'" in "Firestone" are examples of...

4. Which of the following is NOT one of Annette's unique physical traits in "The Last You'll Hear From Me"?

5. Who does the narrator of "Parade" have a relationship with that he says "the press is having a field day over"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Chad's relationship with Terry Glassman in "My Manuscript"?

2. Describe Chad's father's childhood in "My Manuscript".

3. Retell the story about the student priest that Mr. Holt tells Chad in "My Manuscript".

4. Describe the narrator of "Parade"'s relationship with Bruce Springsteen (from his perspective).

5. Describe a typical first date for the "old" version of the narrator of "Parade".

6. Describe The Sportsman in "We Get Along".

7. In "We Get Along", what does the narrator think the initials W.S. stand for? Why?

8. Describe the narrator's experience with the woman on the bus in "Firestone".

9. In "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter", why is Drew having difficulty in his psychology class? What does Glen offer to do to help Drew?

10. What is the tone of the story "Parade"? How does the author create this tone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through the stories in "Barrel Fever", David Sedaris demonstrates what he believes humor is. Drawing on evidence from the stories:

1) define "humor" from Sedaris' point of view, and

2) discuss how he shows his readers what he believes is funny through his stories.

Be sure to use evidence from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

One of the recurrent topics in the collection of short stories "Barrel Fever" is family. Select three of the stories dealing with this topic and:

1) explain what the story says about family

2) demonstrate how the topic is developed in the story

Then explain what you think Sedaris' overall commentary on families is in the novel as a whole.

Be sure to use specific examples from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

In many of the stories in "Barrel Fever", Sedaris satirizes popular culture. Select 2 of the stories in which the author uses satire and:

1) describe the ways in which satire is used in the stories,

2) compare and contrast the use of satire in each story, and

3) discuss the impact of satire on the reader's experience of the stories.

Be sure to use evidence from the stories to support your ideas.

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