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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. Who is the author of "Difficult Loves"?

2. In "Man in the Wasteland", who talks to the boy?

3. In "Going to Headquarters", who is a spy?

4. In "The House of the Beehives", what word best describes the narrator?

5. In "Fear on the Footpath", who does Binda imagine he sees?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Adventure of a Nearsighted Man", what has the man been avoiding and why?

2. How does "Transit Bed" end?

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

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

5. In "Adam, One Afternoon", what is Maria-nunziata's understanding of sex?

6. In "Transit Bed", who sleeps in the bed and why?

7. Describe Bisma of "Hunger in Bevera".

8. In "The Adventure of a Reader", what does Amedeo like to do?

9. In "Fear on the Footpath", what does Binda think he sees?

10. In "Animal Woods", why are the animals in the woods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore and discuss the roles of women in the Postwar Stories.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain why each of the stories in "Stories of Love and Loneliness" are indeed stories of love and loneliness.

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