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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 the narrator at the beginning of Story 2?

2. According to the narrator in Story 2, how long has he been friends with his two friends?

3. Who is Alsatia?

4. Who is the narrator of Story 2 referring to when he says, "I'd better just go after him, instead of waiting"?

5. Who is the only customer at the Vine when the narrator arrives in the beginning of Story 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the relationship between John Smith and Michelle.

2. What is the irony behind the title of the story "Happy Hour"?

3. Describe The Vine as seen in Story 3.

4. Define and discuss imagery which is found in Story 2.

5. Who is Richard and Tom? Discuss the friendship the narrator has with these two men.

6. Discuss comical irony which is found in Story 2.

7. Define the literary term of tone. What is the tone of Story 1?

8. Discuss the irony behind Bill seeing the victims of a car crash as "just meat."

9. While working with Wayne at the abandoned house, what is the narrator and Wayne distracted by? Who is this person?

10. Describe the three people the narrator first introduces to the reader at the beginning of Story 1. How does the narrator interact with these three people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing the connection between Story 3: "Out on Bail" and Story 6: "Emergency."

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that explains the symbolic value of the broken brakes on the narrator's car, as referred to in Story 2: "Two Men" and Story 4: "Dundun." What actions, circumstances, and attitudes not only in those two stories but in the collection as a whole are represented?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay discussing the significance of the books title, Jesus' Son. How is the title developed throughout the book? What literary devices does the author use to develop the title?

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