Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories Test | Mid-Book 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. The items remind the woman of which of the following:

2. Bored, the boy falls asleep looking at pumpkins and wakes up look at a/n:

3. Jimmy's father accuses his son of ______.

4. Where do the old stones want to stay?

5. What is the name of the woman's first boyfriend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main issue with Jimmy in the beginning of "Ponderosa?"

2. Discuss the attitude of the man in "Wedding Night."

3. In "Corners," what are the sisters doing at the beginning of the story? What upsets Jessie so much that she runs outside?

4. Why do the man and his young lover have such varying opinions on what they see in "Everything is Green?"

5. In "Grace Period," what do you think is happening to the man witnessing the bright light?

6. Girl: The mother gives the daughter several references about becoming what?

7. What causes the car accident in "Pumpkins?"

8. How do Karen and Konrad meet in "Roseville?" What event does the meeting prompt?

9. Explain why Mr. Mumsford is so angry. What does the man intend to do? Why?

10. Why was the man so distraught in "The Paring Knife?"

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories by James Thomas" is a collection of stories designed to be so short that they cannot be claimed as short fiction or sudden fiction. Compare and contrast the three types of stories. Also compare them to a short story and novella.

Essay Topic 2

In "Grace Period," a man spots a bright light on the horizon. The man can feel the earth rumble as the light gets brighter. No one answers the phone. Discuss what you think is happening. Do you think the bright light is a UFO? Do you think the man is frightened or hallucinating? Compare the story to others that begin the same way and end up with alien abduction. Also watch and review television shows that portray alien abductions.

Essay Topic 3

A man desires to read his novel in "The Continuity of Parks." What about the novel has the man so intent on reading it? How does a person become so involved in a fantasy world that he becomes oblivious to everything around him? Is it a form of entertainment or escapism? Compare and contrast entertainment and escapism. Give examples of each as well as examples where both may apply.

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