Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories 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. Although the boy is the nicest kid in the universe, he is not very ______.

2. The man is fighting in which war?

3. The boys cover the birds with which of the following:

4. How long has the couple been apart?

5. What is the name of the former girlfriend in "August Evening?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss Jane's attitude in "Jane." What does Jane do instead of follow her parents' orders?

5. Who is "The Philosophical Cobbler?" What is his main concern and goal?

6. Discuss the interruptions faced by the man in "The Continuity of Parks."

7. Discuss what might happen after the owner finds the dead rabbit in "Here's Another Ending."

8. Discuss the life of the young girl in "The Restraints."

9. What causes the woman to be upset in "Water?" What does the woman do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Bread" discusses the fact that while many of us eat bread, there are many people that are starving and could benefit from the bread we take for granted. Who decides who should eat and who should starve? Should people curb what they eat in order to provide food for people half way around the world? Is there an impact on those people decided by what we eat? How does supply and demand fit into the picture? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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