Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays 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 is the title of the magazine the narrator's sister gives him in "Giantess"?

2. What does the narrator notice about all of the people hired as elves in "Santaland Diaries"?

3. In "Season's Greetings", what television show does Khe Sahn learn most of her English from?

4. Who is Timothy Speaks in "Season's Greetings..."?

5. What color does the narrator paint the baby's nursery in "Jamboree"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator of "Giantess" expect his fellow workers to do as they are waiting in the apartment of an extremely rich client? What do they actually do?

2. Which elf duty is the narrator's least favorite in "Santaland Diaries"? Why does he feel this way?

3. Describe Dolph's confrontation with Alicia Cunningham in "Barrel Fever".

4. How does the narrator of "Barrel Fever" feel about the word "nice"? Why does he feel this way?

5. What connection do the elves working at Santa Land have with "One Life to Live" in "Santaland Diaries"?

6. Describe the narrator's elf costume in "Santaland Diaries".

7. What do IV and PCD stand for in "Barrel Fever"? What is the significance of these acronyms for the narrator?

8. How does the narrator deal with parents requesting to visit a Santa of a certain race in "Santaland Diaries"?

9. Describe Marty Jr.'s appearance in "Jamboree".

10. What story does Sedaris tell the little boy Riley when he throws a temper tantrum in "Santaland Diaries"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Popular culture plays a huge role in the stories in "Barrel Fever" Select three of the stories that feature popular culture and:

1) describe how the story uses popular culture,

2) discuss how the presence of popular culture in the story influences the reader's experience of the story, and

3) analyze why the author uses each example of popular culture in the story.

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

Essay Topic 2

The titles of many of the stories in "Barrel Fever" have an ironic twist to them. Select three of the following stories and discuss how the title of each story reflects an irony presented in the story.

1) "Parade"

2) "Music for Lovers"

3) "We Get Along"

4) "Firestone"

5) "After Malison"

6) "Barrel Fever"

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

Essay Topic 3

Violence figures heavily into some of the stories in the collection. Choose two of the stories that include strong examples of violence and:

1) explain how violence is portrayed in the story,

2) describe the impact violence has in the story, and

3) explain what you think the author is trying to say about violence through this story.

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

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