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. The man compares the dialogue to running down the page like a rivulet of _____.

2. In "The Parents," where do the parents take their babies?

3. Where are the friends gathered when they talk about Teddy?

4. One of the roommates thinks he should read about which war?

5. Which of the following is not one of the sisters mentioned in "Corners?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What holiday tragedy happens to Franky Gorky in "The Nicest Kid in the Universe?"

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

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

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

5. What happens when Louise finds Teddy on the floor in "Teddy's Canary?"

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Ponderosa," Jimmy is unhappy. Jimmy has been cheating on his wife although he denies it to his wife and father, who is a minister. The father tries to talk to Jimmy, but to no avail. Through an accident, Jimmy has half of his jaw shot off. The father sees it as divine intervention. Discuss Jimmy's predicament. Why does Jimmy continue to see his mistress if he is unhappy? What kind of upbringing did Jimmy have as the son of a minister? Does the father really believe that Jimmy's "accident" was divine intervention? Does Jimmy believe it? How does the accident affect Jimmy's life? Discuss the story from both sides. Also discuss what might have happened if Jimmy had not been shot.

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

In "The Stones," the old stones have chosen to forget about or cease to talk about their adventures as young stones. Discuss in detail the behavior of the old stones versus the young stones. How have the old stones changed? What is the opinion of the young stones regarding their elders? Compare the attitudes of the old and young stones to grandparents, parents and children. What are the similarities? Does the story help to change your outlook on the opinions and advice of your elders? Explain.

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