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' enjoyment of the ocean was ruined by

2. Lou Sedaris busies himself

3. Richie had been in prison for

4. Sedaris feels out of place in the restaurant because

5. The scientific term Sedaris fears his father will use is

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sedaris' attitude toward the wealthy at the start of the essay?

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

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

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

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

6. What is significant about the title Go Carolina?

7. Describe Amy Sedaris' appearance in the much-anticipated magazine article.

8. What features of the the typewriter does Sedaris praise?

9. Why does Sedaris feel the need to offer a comment to the final performance artist he mentions in the essay before he leaves?

10. When does Sedaris come to understand his parents' experience with dying pets?

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

Sedaris mentions many means of escapism in his essays. Considering his references to avoiding reality and interactions with others, write an essay in which you identify at least three symbols of escapism Sedaris uses, and draw a conclusion about Sedaris' reason for using these methods. Support your position with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Several characters is Sedaris' essays seem to find freedom from the need for others' approval. Write an essay in which you compare Sedaris to any other character in the book, noting whether either person is ultimately free from others' approval. Use examples from the text to support your argument.

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