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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 "In the Basement," how does the narrator feel about Maria taking Nicholas back?
2. Why does Joshua ask his parents about being Jewish in "Middleman"?
3. In "In the Basement," what does Nicholas say about his unborn child's gender?
4. Why does Caleb claim Kevin drove through a red light in "When in Rome"?
5. Why does Kevin show Caleb a basement at his work in "When in Rome"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does John feel at the end of "Middleman"?
2. What does Caleb discover when he returns to Kevin's apartment in "When in Rome"?
3. In "Middleman," what makes Elsa talk to John?
4. What does the narrator's wife, Carla, say to him at the end of "In the Basement"?
5. In "When in Rome," how do Caleb and Kevin react to being mugged?
6. In "When in Rome," why does Caleb tell the story about visiting his brother in California?
7. In "When in Rome," why does Caleb admit to trying to choke Kevin?
8. In "In the Basement," how does Nicholas describe Lisa's lifestyle?
9. In "In the Basement," what is kept in a basement?
10. In "Middleman," what does John's father say about his time in the Navy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Morality is a major theme in many of these stories. Examine how the characters develop, display and grapple with morality. Compare and contrast the differences in moral values and explore the overall message about morality when you look at the book as a whole.
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
Many characters harbor secret desires in this collection. Compare and contrast at least two stories that focus on secret desires. How are they similar? How are they different? What lesson does the author create about secret desires through these stories?
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