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. Who lives three houses away in "Here?"

2. Which is not an activity of the roommates at "108 John Street?"

3. How long has the couple been apart?

4. At what time of day did the woman like to weed the garden?

5. What type of animal is found and fed in the sewer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the thing that seems to bother the woman most in "The Haircut?"

2. What is the most interesting thing about the people at "108 John Street?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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 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

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.

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