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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 "Big Fish, Little Fish", Zeffirino loves to ___.

2. In "Mine Field", who are the characters?

3. In "Fear on the Footpath", what is Binda's occupation?

4. In "Man in the Wasteland", the narrator is __.

5. In "Lazy Sons", who is the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Lazy Sons", what does Pietro think of his brother, Andrea? Why is this ironic?

2. In "Animal Woods", how does the German soldier die?

3. What is the story "Mine Field" about?

4. In "Big Fish, Little Fish", how do Zefferino and Signorina De Magistris' outlooks on life differ?

5. What is the surprise ending of "A Ship Loaded with Crabs"?

6. In "A Ship Loaded with Crabs", how does the Dolori gang perceive the Arenella gang at the beginning of the story?

7. Describe Bisma of "Hunger in Bevera".

8. In "The House of the Beehives", what crime was committed? Describe it.

9. Describe the narrator in "The House of the Beehives".

10. Describe Zefferino of "Big Fish, Little Fish".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore and discuss how the endings of

1) "The House of the Beehives"

2) "Big Fish, Little Fish" and

3) "A Ship Loaded with Crabs"

affect and define each of the stories.

Essay Topic 2

Highlight and explain the author's use of metaphor and/or symbolism, perhaps mentioning:

A) "One Of The Three Is Still Alive"

B) "Big Fish, Little Fish"

C) "Adam, One Afternoon"

Essay Topic 3

Explore and discuss the human relations exhibited in the Postwar Stories.

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