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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 word makes Chad's grandmother fall to her feet praying in "My Manuscript"?

2. What did Nick Papanides like to cook with eggplant in "We Get Along"?

3. In "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter", what does Glen picture Drew as in one of his "dreams"?

4. Where does Glen park while shopping at Food Carnival in "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter"?

5. In "My Manuscript", what shocked Chad's father about the student priest's appearance when he arrived home from school one day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What specific directions does the narrator of "The Last You'll Hear From Me" give Eileen for the dress she is to wear to the funeral?

2. What perplexes Carlton about the narrator's unwillingness to correct his vision loss in "Firestone"?

3. Describe the narrator's imaginary nightclub act in "Music for Lovers".

4. What does Glen dream about in "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter"? What does he tell Drew he dreamed about? Why?

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

6. How does Chad conduct research for his book in "My Manuscript"?

7. Describe Dawn's relationship with Rusty in "Music for Lovers".

8. Describe Margery in "We Get Along".

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

10. Describe the scene at Barbra Streisand's house in "Don's Story".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagine if one of the stories in this collection was missing from it. Choose one of the stories and "remove" it from the collection. Write an essay:

1) explaining the role that the story plays in the collection,

2) describing how the novel would be different without the story, and

3) comment on the quality of the book without the story: Would it be better or worse? Why?

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

Essay Topic 2

While David Sedaris' stories are often described as sharp and cutting, they also offer a level of empathy and kindness towards their characters. Select 2 of the stories where Sedaris shows empathy and discuss how he shows kindness towards his characters. Compare and contrast the ways kindness is shown in each of these stories. Be sure to use evidence from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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