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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. According to Dundun in Story 4, why does McInnes not feel good?

2. What is the name of the narrator's two friends in Story 2?

3. Story 3 opens with the narrator seeing ________ in an olive-green three-piece suit, with his blond hair combed back and his face shining and suffering.

4. According to the narrator in Story 1, who was snoring loudly and rudely after the car accident?

5. Where is the narrator at the beginning of Story 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Story 5, the narrator makes reference to his mother. Explain this reference and to whom is he referring to.

2. Discuss the relationship between John Smith and Michelle.

3. In what way is the large horse pill the narrator receives in Story 9 a prize for the narrator?

4. How does Bill define him? What is his perspective on the world? Explain.

5. What is the connection between ''Beverly Home" to "Out on Bail"?

6. 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?

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

8. Briefly describe the "second man" in Story 8.

9. Discuss the narrator's relationship with the three women in Story 5.

10. How does the narrator and Dundun deal with the death of McInnes?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you show how a character who appears briefly or not at all has a significant presence. Show how such character functions in the book. Discuss how the character affects action, theme, or the development of other characters.

Essay Topic 2

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

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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