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. At the end of "Yoghurt," the man thinks his wife looks serene and _____.

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

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

4. In "Yoghurt," a man and woman fight over _____ in a grocery store.

5. What is the name of "The Nicest Kid in the Universe?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. Vines: Discuss the man's main issue in "Vines" and what he says to his wife. How does the wife respond?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Feeding the Hungry," a man acts irrationally when he forgets to eat for one day. The man believes that he almost died from starvation. Obviously, that is not true. Study the body's metabolism and how it changes depending on the amount of food a person eats. Also examine the man's mental state to investigate any compulsions present.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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