Collected Fictions 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. In "Blue Tigers," what are the Blue Tigers?

2. In "Inferno, I, 32," what does God tell Dante in a dream?

3. In "There are More Things," who seems to inhabit the narrator's deceased uncle's house?

4. In "The Sect of Thirty," the sect worships which Biblical figure?

5. In "The Maker," what does the father give the protagonist when he is a boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name some of the customs and beliefs of the strange group in "The Sect of Thirty."

2. What does "The Disk" say about greed?

3. In "The Ethnographer," why won't Fred Murdock reveal the secret of the Indian tribe to the professor?

4. In "The Duel," what is the nature of the duel between Clara and Marta?

5. What is the message about scientific precision in "Museum- On Exactitude in Science"?

6. In "The Gospel According to Mark," why do the Gutres want to crucify Baltasar?

7. In "The Book of Sand," what are the stages of the narrator's view toward the book?

8. What does "Shakespeare's Memory" say about creating art?

9. In "Covered Mirrors," what is the narrator's attitude toward mirrors?

10. In "The Yellow Rose," what is Marino's epiphany?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Labyrinths are included in many of Borges' stories. Indeed, "Labyrinths" is the title of one of his collections of stories. How are these physical structures significant to his work? Consider the essence of a labyrinth: a series of mazes, designed to confuse and entrap men. How do labyrinths fit into the stories themselves? How are labyrinths symbolic for Borges' artistic intentions? Be sure to cite specific stories in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Borges often portrays characters who switch sides, stand for one cause and then join the opposite one. How do these characters reflect Borges' concept of human identity? Is he merely criticizing a form of human behavior, or is he making a point about the precariousness of the self? Choose at least two appropriate stories and be specific in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Is Pierre Menard's project worthwhile? Is he a fool? A visionary? Does his project say something about the nature of interpretation and meaning? Your answer should display a thorough familiarity with "Pierre Menard, Author of Quixote." Be specific in why his project is worthy or not.

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