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. How long has the couple been apart?

2. Where does the man find the woman in "Space?"

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

4. In "Fear: Four Examples," a man is upset because his daughter is late coming home. How many hours late is the daughter?

5. You should always do what to bread to make sure that it's fresh?

Short Essay Questions

1. Girl: Discuss some of the items that the girl must learn to do in the home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories by James Thomas" contains many stories by many different authors. The only criterion is that the story must meet a certain word count, typically around 750 but no more than 1,000. Examine any common threads that are found within the collection. Are there any similar trains of thought, style or format? Review each story with those things in mind and make a list of connecting ties.

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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