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. What Sedaris admires in his sister Gretchen is

2. Sedaris' interest in science extended only to

3. Sedaris' mother might be described as

4. Mr. Mancini claims to be

5. The title Sedaris tried to win for sun-bathing was

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sedaris' tone in relation to his own artistic talents.

2. Why does Sedaris claim to prefer the belief that his television is inhabited by tiny humans over a scientific explanation of its workings?

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

4. Describe Sedaris' attitude in the face of the task he has to perform in his friend's bathroom.

5. How does the speech therapist continue to bring Sedaris' lisp to his attention?

6. How does the statement "You Can't Kill the Rooster" relate to Paul's personality?

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

8. Describe Bonnie's character in City of Angels.

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

10. What reasons does Sedaris list for hating computers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Comedian George Carlin once said, ""When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." Write an essay in which you identify Sedaris' attitude toward the freakish qualities of Americans. Be sure to use specific examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

In what ways do we see the the motif of self-discovery explored in Sedaris' essays? Choose three examples from the text in which Sedaris arrives at some form of self-discovery, and write an essay in which you determine how he has arrived at these moments.

Essay Topic 3

Many of Sedaris' essays focus on childhood. Write an essay in which you determine a theme Sedaris creates on the subject of childhood, and use specific examples to support your argument.

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