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. Drills are scheduled in case there should be an attack from which country?

2. What animal attacks the trainer?

3. In "Subtotals," a man is obsessed with which of the following?

4. What common kitchen item does the man eat?

5. In "Mandy Shupe," a mother tells her daughter a story about Many Shupe, who is a ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the therapist behave in an unprofessional manner?

2. What common topic is discussed between the woman and the soldier in "Dish Night?"

3. Discuss the odd behavior in the town described in "A Chronicler's Sin."

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

5. Discuss the findings of the parents in "The Sewers of Salt Lake."

6. How does the woman intend to trick her boyfriend in "I Get Smart?"

7. In "Fear: Four Examples," explain the main source of the man's fear regarding his daughter.

8. Discuss the interview with "The Last Parakeet."

9. In "The One Sitting There," a woman has difficulty cleaning out her refrigerator. What is the problem?

10. Discuss the scene in the restaurant in "Deportation at Breakfast."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is said that people have muscle memory from activities they have done before, even if it is something that occurred long ago. This brings about the old saying, "It's just like riding a bike." Discuss the dancing bears in "Brilliant Silence." Do you think muscle memory applies to the bears' descendants? Is it possible? Is there some genetic marker that causes the young bears to dance? Is it simply learned behavior? If it is learned behavior, how and why are the young bears affected by the full moon?

Essay Topic 2

here are two poems that deal with trains: "Love Poems" and "The Burlington Northern, Southbound." Discuss the use of trains as imagery and how the inspire each author. Also discuss trains as a metaphor and how they are or are not appropriate to the stories. Research and find other poems using trains, e.g., Alan Ginsberg's "Sunflower Sutra," to compare and contrast. Which is the best use of a train as an inspiration and/or image?

Essay Topic 3

In "Feeding the Hungry," a man acts irrationally when he forgets to eat for one day. The man believes that he almost died from starvation. Obviously, that is not true. Study the body's metabolism and how it changes depending on the amount of food a person eats. Also examine the man's mental state to investigate any compulsions present.

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