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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. When Tom Benecke is finally able to move again, he is said to move with what type of "slowness" (36)?

2. What is NOT a characteristic Tom Benecke imagines his apartment to be when he conjures the image in his mind?

3. What object within the Beneckes' apartment is NOT described as being a certain length away from Tom Benecke's "nose" (44)?

4. What object does Tom Benecke spit out during the story?

5. Tom Benecke begins to "tremble violently" (29) just after he sees "himself" (29) in what way?

Short Essay Questions

1. Tom Benecke decides in Paragraph 31 that he must not faint. What method does he employ to attain this aim?

2. What is Finney's purpose for allowing Tom Benecke's shouts for help to go unanswered?

3. What else happens when Tom Benecke's wrists are "jarred" (41) from the frame of the window?

4. What is the setting of the story and how does it affect the story's mood?

5. Imagining what scene causes Tom Benecke to lose his feelings of calm as he looks through his apartment window?

6. Describe the way in which canine-involved language is used within the story and for what purpose.

7. In what manner does Tom Benecke find the yellow sheet of paper?

8. What is Tom Benecke's estimate about when his wife Clare Benecke will likely return home?

9. What is Finney's purpose for including the detail that Clare Benecke cannot open the window?

10. When Tom Benecke detects movement inside his apartment, what is the source?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the instances of irony within "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," and analyze Finney’s purpose for including each instance you discuss.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Jack Finney's story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" from an Existential perspective. What elements of life does it suggest hold the most meaning and why?

Essay Topic 3

How is the topic of regret treated within "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," and how does its treatment relate to the story's depicted messages?

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