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

2. What item does the woman win in a sweepstakes?

3. What kind of dog is mentioned in "Here's Another Ending?"

4. What is the name of the soldier in "Stockings?"

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What realization does the widow come to in regards to her missing husband?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

"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.

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