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. In "The Corporal," a young man is determined to collect which item?

2. Where do the old stones want to stay?

3. After the man returns from the war, he plays one sport for two weeks. What is the sport?

4. The man ends up with a broken ____ and a bloody wound.

5. Mandy Shupe goes to which location to meet a man?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the actions of the bears in Chile in "Brilliant Silence." Why do the bears act this way?

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

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

5. Explain the issue in "From the Floodlands" and the realization of the people.

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

7. What causes the stones to become fearful? What is a distinction of stones?

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

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

10. In "Mandy Shupe," a mother tells her young daughter about Mandy Shupe, a Mennonite woman who goes a bit wild. The basic story is told and the mother's purpose for the parable as well as the grown up daughter's reaction explained.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

A 70-year-old woman copes with living alone in "Widow." Examine the woman's grief and remorse due to the loss of her husband. Also examine the woman's new-found sense of freedom and how she copes with the emptiness of her house and lack of rules.

Essay Topic 3

In "Girl," a girl's mother gives her daughter a very long list of things to do and not to do in order to behave like and become a "proper lady." Review each item on the list. Is it applicable to current day standards? Explain. Update the list to remove archaic ideas, update those that need to be changed to reflect modern culture, and add items that are appropriate today.

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