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 Corporal had once dreamed of achieving which rank?

2. One of the cats ruins which item?

3. Toward the end of the story Jimmy becomes a/n:

4. What household fixture begins to cause problems?

5. What is the man's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the man's final decision in "Corporal."

2. In "Vision Out of the Corner of One Eye" tells the story of two people on a train. What happens between the man and woman?

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

4. "A Public Denial" tells a somewhat humorous story about a man trying to clear his deceased grandfather's name. What killed the old man?

5. "The Appalachian Trail" reflects the story of a wife determined to hike the 2,000 mile trail. Discuss the husband's reaction to the trip.

6. In "The Colonel," what is the situation with the men at dinner?

7. Discuss the meaning behind the man's action in "Fingers."

8. Explain the scene between the woman and the salesman in the "Lampshade Vendor."

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

10. What temporarily dissuades the couple from making love in "True Love?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A couple argues incessantly in "Blackberries." Why does the couple argue? Study the couple's dynamic to understand why they argue constantly. Are the issues they argue about important? Does the couple argue simply to argue? What can be done to change the couple's dynamic? Can the couple's relationship possibly be healthy? Also investigate how two people can argue without being hurtful, e.g., using "I" statements.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Restraints," a girl is taken to a tavern by her father. Discuss in detail the psychological implications of the father's actions. Does the father know what he is doing is wrong? How does it affect the girl as a small child? In what ways does the girl suffer? How do other people see the girl? Can the man's actions be construed as child abuse? Define child abuse and relate it to the story.

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