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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 the narrator say is the way to maintain control of one’s voice?
2. What does Ambrose wonder about himself when he thinks of scouting?
3. What does the narrator say Independence Day is in America?
4. How does Ambrose describe Peter as a person?
5. What does Ambrose think is the means by which each room in the funhouse is turned on?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the narrator say a Freitag’s Triangle is?
2. How does Ambrose feel after what he sees at the boardwalk, and what does he want to do? What comment does Magda make about Ambrose’s condition?
3. What do Peter and Uncle Karl try at the pool, and how does Ambrose’s mother react to their behavior? How is Ambrose involved in the situation?
4. What does the narrator say is the function of the beginning of a story?
5. What church does Ambrose’s family belong to, and why is Ambrose different from most other children in the church? Why did it happen?
6. Who is in the car with Ambrose driving to Ocean City?
7. What does the Gypsy Fortune Teller machine look like?
8. What does an elderly man say to Ambrose about how to enter the Funhouse?
9. What does the narrator say is the best thing to do when one is lost, and what is the drawback to that action?
10. What does the narrator say is the reason a writer should stick with using the Freitag’s Triangle?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During the car ride Ambrose remembers a time when, three years previously, Peter, Magda and himself played Niggers and Masters.
Discuss how the game relates to the era and place in which this story takes place. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Ambrose and his narrator alter ego are both marked by their exceptionally keen awareness of self.
Discuss the ways in which Ambrose demonstrates an awareness of himself. Questions to consider might be: How does he perceive himself? How does he see himself in relationship to others? How does he think others see him? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all short stories.
Compare/contrast the characters of Ambrose and Peter. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Be specific and give examples. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
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