Elbow Room 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. To what does the author say that great myths have been reduced?

2. What does the speaker say that everything has?

3. What do Thomas and Harold think they need to explain to Nelson?

4. Where does the narrator believe is the safest possible place?

5. How long ago did Jones first notice trouble between Charles and Johnson?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charles seem to others and what does this lead people to think about the events that lead to his trial?

2. When Mrs. Richards bets a woman is fattening Louis up for the fry, about what does Louis think?

3. Why does the editor feel obliged to impose order on the piece of writing in front of him?

4. What is the first parable about the narrator shares?

5. Describe the character Clair as seen through Louis's eyes.

6. What does Charles do that is unlike Detroit-born mechanics and what does he think will happen as a result of this?

7. What does Clair talk about during her part of the dinner?

8. What does Leon say that causes her to call her husband a bigot?

9. What does Ruth want to advise Harold to do and what does she do instead?

10. How does Leon describe his landlady?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Problems of Art" -The story ended with the reader learning that Mrs. Farragot had indeed been drinking. Did you find this surprising? Why or why not? Do you think she was drunk the night of the incident? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

"The Story of a Scar"- In what ways does the woman believe men should think about women? How does this compare to how the narrator (a man) points out they do think about women? In what way do these ideas relate to how the story ends?

Essay Topic 3

"Widows and Orphans"- In what ways does this story look at blacks who have escaped the rural life in a disparaging manner? Do you believe this view still exists today? Why or why not?

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