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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. In "The Rest of It," what does Mike tell Roddy he saw on the rich woman's island?
2. After leaving the final interview with Ms. Samuel, what does David Applelow discover about his apartment?
3. How does David Applelow feel after his second interview with Ms. Samuel?
4. In "Futures," who does Marnie Kastopolis say she does not want to have a copy of her key?
5. Why does Roddy go to another professor's house in "The Rest of It"?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "Middleman," what does John's father say about his time in the Navy?
2. How does David Applelow react to his first interview with Ms. Samuel in "Futures"?
3. What does the narrator's wife, Carla, say to him at the end of "In the Basement"?
4. Why does Roddy call his ex-wife in "The Rest of It"?
5. Where is Sara in the beginning of "Ladies and Gentlemen"?
6. What does Peter reveal about his father-in-law in "Ladies and Gentlemen"?
7. What does Marnie tell David in "Futures" when she gives him her key?
8. How does Caleb try to mend his relationship with Kevin in "When in Rome"?
9. In "In the Basement," how does Nicholas describe Lisa's lifestyle?
10. What things does Mike tell Roddy about in "The Rest of It"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the use of prose and descriptive passages in two of the stories in this collection. Consider the times the author uses lengthy and detailed passages vs. short, clipped ones. How does each style affect the story to which they belong? What might account for the variety in writing styles?
Essay Topic 2
The entertainment business acts as a character itself in a few of the stories in this book. Analyze the role of the entertainment business in each of these stories. How does this further the plot, character and theme development? What message is delivered about the entertainment business?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the use of dialogue in these stories to develop the plot, characters and themes. In what ways is the use of dialogue strong? In what ways is it weak? How does the author's style of dialogue affect the reader's understanding of the story and themes?
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