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. Which of the following is not on Jane's to-do list?

2. "The Last Parakeet" is what type of parakeet?

3. How does the father eventually die?

4. What is the name of the girlfriend in "The Burlington Northern, Southbound?"

5. In "A Chronicler's Sin," a town is plagued by ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Here's Another Ending," discuss the actions of the owners of the dog and how they try to trick a neighbor.

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

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

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

5. "Here" describes a neighborhood in which everyone is friendly but does not socialize. Describe the neighborhood.

6. The author of "Bread" questions if anyone should eat bread. Why?

7. What does Henry Dobbins use as a way of protecting himself while at war? What happens that might change the talisman?

8. Why does Emily feel invisible in "Offerings?" What does Emily do after she collects a large number of apologies?

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

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

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

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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