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 prompts Lou Sedaris to enroll his children in music lessons?

2. Sedaris' friend Alisha describes most people as

3. Sedaris justifies viewing soap operas in class by

4. Despite his experiences, Sedaris still finds the view of Manhattan and the fantasy of wealth

5. Sedaris fears his father is not up to the task of caring for his new dog, Sophie, because

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the young Sedaris miss the irony of the fisherman's inability to live by the seashore?

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

3. What are the main differences between Sedaris and his father outlined in the chapter?

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

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

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

7. Why does Sedaris believe there are no "normal" restaurants left in his neighborhood?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Through several of his essays, Sedaris explores the theme of belonging. Choose three examples from the text that illustrate Sedaris' feelings about belonging, and write an essay in which you explore his viewpoint, supporting your argument with text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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