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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 "Middleman," what type of school is Trinity?
2. Why does Caleb claim Kevin drove through a red light in "When in Rome"?
3. In "When in Rome," who told Caleb to always be there for Kevin?
4. In "In the Basement," what does the narrator say he heard about Maria and Nicholas' prior breakup?
5. In "Middleman," how long does Joshua help Elsa before she tells him to stop?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "In the Basement," at what things does Nicholas feel Lisa failed in her life?
2. How does John describe Elsa's acting skills in "Middleman"?
3. How does the narrator of "In the Basement" feel about Nicholas' relationship with Maria?
4. Why do Nicholas and Maria tell the narrator and his wife about Lisa in "In the Basement"?
5. In "Middleman," what does John's father say about his time in the Navy?
6. In "Middleman," what makes Elsa talk to John?
7. In "Middleman," how does John meet Elsa?
8. How does John feel about Judaism in "Middleman"?
9. What does Caleb discover when he returns to Kevin's apartment in "When in Rome"?
10. How does John try to help Elsa's acting career in "Middleman"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze how success is defined in this collection of stories. Compare and contrast the definitions of success in a few of the stories. How are these definitions made? Who ends up being successful and why? What overall theme of success is developed when you consider the collection as a whole?
Essay Topic 2
Most of the stories in this collection are centered on male characters and male concerns. How does this focus affect the definitions of gender within the text? What role/roles is/are assigned to women? What commentary on gender appears throughout this collection?
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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