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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. What does Joshua do to try to help Elsa with her acting career in "Middleman"?
2. Why do the narrator and his wife move carefully in Nicholas' apartment in "In the Basement"?
3. While in law school, where does Caleb say he visited Kevin in "When in Rome"?
4. In "When in Rome," how does Caleb say Kevin reacted to being choked?
5. Why does Nicholas say Lisa called him "out of the blue" in "In the Basement"?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "Middleman," how does John meet Elsa?
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. In "In the Basement," how does Nicholas describe Lisa's lifestyle?
5. How does John feel at the end of "Middleman"?
6. After leaving Kevin's apartment in "When in Rome," why does Caleb return?
7. In "Middleman," what does John's father say about his time in the Navy?
8. What does the narrator's wife, Carla, say to him at the end of "In the Basement"?
9. In "In the Basement," at what things does Nicholas feel Lisa failed in her life?
10. Why do Nicholas and Maria tell the narrator and his wife about Lisa in "In the Basement"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The stories in this collection are narrated by both first and third person narrators. Examine the use of both styles of narration. Why does the author use each when he does? What purpose does each style of narration have? What are the strengths and weaknesses of both styles in this collection?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the differing roles the author constructs for adults and teenagers/children in these stories. Consider how they interact with each other as well as themselves. What message is conveyed about age groups?
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