Friend of My Youth: 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. Where is Austin going to move to?

2. When Maya has affairs now she ________________________.

3. Who was Joan's brother?

4. What is the name of Teresa's husband?

5. What does Jeanine reveal to Averill at a party in Jeanine's cabin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Austin Cobbett and what is a woman named Karin helping him do as the story begins?

2. Give some examples of how the author uses the theme of escape in this story.

3. How did Margot get even with Reuel after his affair with their babysitter and manage to get all the things she had ever wanted in life?

4. What does an older and divorced Joan learn about Matilda when she returns home to tend to her mother's grave?

5. How does Karin think that her ex-husband, Brent, has facilitated Austin's departure from his church?

6. In what ways is Georgia's friendship with Maya one-sided in terms of who gives more and who controls the friendship?

7. Who are June (Bugs) and Averill and what are they doing as the story begins?

8. What sad event does the snowstorm prompt Karin to recall and why does she take Austin to the lake to photograph the ice?

9. Who is Georgia, where has she traveled to at the beginning of the story, and who does she meet right away?

10. What was the source of the falling out between Georgia and Maya, causing them to never speak again?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters in the stories who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Choose three characters from different stories and then project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for their lives. Be sure to include geography, marital status, work, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Flora Grieves in "Friend of My Youth". What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Flora?

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