Ficciones 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 do scholars ascribe Nils Runeberg's odd beliefs?

2. Why does the narrator visit Ireneo Funes before returning home?

3. Who is most likely the traitor that Fergus Kilpatrick sentences to death?

4. How is John Vincent Moon wounded?

5. In the story, "The End," with whom does the stranger converse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jaromir Hladik.

2. How is "Three Versions of Judas" designed to deceive the reader?

3. How does the Englishman in "The Form of the Sword" receive the scar on his face?

4. What irony is evident in the membership of the Sect of the Phoenix?

5. In "The Form of the Sword," how does the Irishman rescue John Vincent Moon?

6. What theory does Erik Lonnrot have about the murders in "Death and the Compass"?

7. What secret does the Sect of the Phoenix keep?

8. What unusual theories does Nils Runeberg propose?

9. What does Jaromir Hladik regret?

10. In "The Form of the Sword," what symbolism is evident in the scar on the Englishman's face?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the philosophy of idealism. How does Borges express the tenets of idealism in "The Circular Ruins"? What power does Borges attribute to the human mind?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Borges' style of writing with the genre of hypertext fiction. How is "Ficciones" a precursor to hypertext fiction? What are the "forking paths" in "Garden of the Forking Paths"? What does Borges mean when he asks his readers to "become aware of all the possible choices we might make"?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of metaphors in "Ficciones." How do implicit metaphors differ from implicit metaphors? How do metaphors express themes more clearly than plain narrative? What analogies does Borges create in his stories?

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