Lost in the Funhouse Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Ambrose think will happen when he never comes out of the funhouse?

2. Why is Ocean City browned out?

3. How does the funhouse character in front of the building act?

4. What does the narrator say is the manuscript mark for italic type?

5. What does Ambrose wonder about himself when he thinks of scouting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of machines in the arcade are broken, and why are they sitting there broken?

2. Why does the family stay out of the ocean, and what do they do instead of swimming in the ocean?

3. What does the narrator say a Freitag’s Triangle is?

4. What does Ambrose think about when he is in the mirror room of the Funhouse, and what does Ambrose hear?

5. What does the narrator say is the function of the beginning of a story?

6. In which section of the Funhouse does Ambrose take Magda’s arm, and why does he take her arm?

7. What does Ambrose imagine his father saying to him about getting through the Funhouse?

8. Why do the teenagers return to the Funhouse when their money runs out?

9. Describe Uncle Karl and Peter.

10. Where does Ambrose go after dinner? What is he looking for and what does he see?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss what you think are the characteristics of a successful short story and why Lost in the Funhouse is or is not a successful short story based on your criteria. Do you think the criteria for a successful short story should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the protagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Identify the antagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Which secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Which, if any, characters are not essential to the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

One of the key elements in any funhouse is the hall of mirrors where visitors see images of themselves in strange and unfamiliar shapes.

Discuss the ways in which Ambrose becomes even more aware of himself when he is in the mirror room of the funhouse. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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