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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. Why does Glen urge readers to boycott Dave's Kwik Stop in "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter"?

2. In "We Get Along", what does the narrator's mother do the night after her husband's funeral?

3. Where does Glen ask Drew to put the telephone in order to help him remember his dream in "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter"?

4. Who does Anita O'Day claim is the manager of her record company?

5. What does the narrator of "The Last You'll Hear From Me" encourage those attending her funeral to throw at Randy and Annette?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prompts Mr. Holt to send Chad to Mr. Chatam for guitar lessons in "My Manuscript"?

2. How does the narrator of "Parade" describe Patrick Buchanan?

3. In "We Get Along", what do the narrator and his mother do late at night? Why?

4. What insults does the narrator of "The Last You'll Hear From Me" hurl at Annette and Randy?

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

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

7. Describe the instances of "homophobia" that Glen believes he experiences after speaking with Drew on the phone in "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter".

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

9. In "Don's Story", why does Don say that many people are watching his speech "with rage and jealousy"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The final four pieces in "Barrel Fever" are listed as "essays". In your essay,

1) describe the qualities that an essay typically has,

2) discuss how two of these pieces fit the genre of essay, and

3) discuss how two of these pieces present a unique take on the genre of essay.

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

Essay Topic 3

Two of Sedaris' stories in "Barrel Fever" ("Glen's Homophobia Newsletter" and "Season's Greetings to our Family and Friends") are written as letters. In your essay,

1) discuss how letters are typically used by people,

2) discuss how Sedaris uses the genre of the letter in each of these stories, and

3) analyze the statement the author is trying to make about the genre of the letter.

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

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