Me Talk Pretty One Day Test | Mid-Book 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. Sedaris describes his guitar teacher as

2. Miss Sampson asks the previous question in order to

3. How does Sedaris prepare to teach his workshop?

4. What prompts Lou Sedaris to enroll his children in music lessons?

5. During their last meeting together, Sedaris learns that Miss Sampson

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sedaris feel his father admired jazz so much as a young man?

2. Why does Sedaris claim he lives in constant fear as Mr. Sedaris?

3. What is ironic about the fact that Bonnie at last finds some "nice New Yorkers" at the Plaza Hotel?

4. What does Amy Sedaris do to torture her father over Christmas vacation?

5. Why does Mr. Mancini constantly refer to women and his sexual exploits?

6. Why doesn't Sedaris plan any activities for his writing class beyond the first introductions?

7. What does Sedaris find unusual about the way the food in his neighborhood restaurants is served on the plate.

8. Why does Sedaris seem to object so strongly to his speech therapy sessions?

9. How does Sedaris' mother respond to the music lessons the kids are taking?

10. Why does Sedaris believe his his parents are so lenient with Melina, the Great Dane?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Sedaris' essays, he sometimes identifies himself as without strength or control. Considering the quote,"Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power," write an essay in which you argue whether or not Sedaris truly does possess strength. Use specific examples from the text to illustrate your point.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the quote, ""Genius has limitations; stupidity is boundless." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the previous statement, using Sedaris' musings on his own limitations as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Erich Fromm said, "Integrity simply means not violating one's own identity." Considering Sedaris' own search for identity throughout his essays, write an essay of your own in which you argue whether or not he maintains integrity throughout his experiences. Use specific examples to support your argument.

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