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 food should be soaked overnight before it is cooked?

2. What is wrong with the birds?

3. The man, desperate, reaches out to _____.

4. The woman tells her husband that her friends are on a tour in which city?

5. What does a cobbler do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to the babies in "The Parents?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"Corners" is a story about three sisters, Mildred, Marie, and Jessie. Marie dies. Examine the process each sister must go through to come to terms with Marie's death. Who is the eldest sister? How does each handle Marie's death? Explain how Jessie's behavior is colored by jealousy as much as grief. Also examine how Mildred tries to cheer Jessie. Discuss sibling rivalry.

Essay Topic 3

It is said that people have muscle memory from activities they have done before, even if it is something that occurred long ago. This brings about the old saying, "It's just like riding a bike." Discuss the dancing bears in "Brilliant Silence." Do you think muscle memory applies to the bears' descendants? Is it possible? Is there some genetic marker that causes the young bears to dance? Is it simply learned behavior? If it is learned behavior, how and why are the young bears affected by the full moon?

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