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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 reason does the narrator of "After Malison" give for smoking in the hotel lobby?

2. What reason does the author give for wanting to work at UPS in "Santaland Diaries"?

3. Which celebrity does the narrator feel the need to point out to visitors to Santa Land in "Santaland Diaries"?

4. Why does the boy in the elevator refuse the Cheetos in "The Curly Kind"?

5. Which of the following is NOT a suggestion the editor of Giantess magazine gives the narrator in "Giantess"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Santa Santa in "Santaland Diaries".

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

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

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

5. What disgusts the narrator of "After Malison" the most during his master's writing seminar?

6. Describe the scene in Macy's on Christmas Eve in "Santaland Diaries".

7. Why is Jocelyn Dunbar suspected of murdering Don and framing Khe Sahn in "Season's Greetings..."?

8. Describe "the Walrus" in "Santaland Diaries".

9. What does the narrator's mother give him before she dies in "Barrel Fever"? Why does she give him this gift?

10. Describe Kyle Dunbar in "Season's Greetings to Our Family and Friends".

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

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.

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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