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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 takes it personally when his teacher says
2. Hugh claims Sedaris is a genius at
3. Sedaris initially offends the American couple by
4. Sedaris notes that American businesses ask consumers to conserve water and napkins, but not
5. Sedaris finds that most of the people in class share the belief that
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Sedaris fear he is considered the village idiot in Normandy?
2. Why does Sedaris finally start referring to nouns in their plural form?
3. Why is Sedaris relieved that he squeals and grabs his neighbors' legs when the men are injured by the vachettes?
4. What gives Sedaris a new confidence about speaking French?
5. Describe the Easter celebration the Sedaris family held each year.
6. What helps Sedaris overcome his distaste for the Walkman?
7. Why is Sedaris devastated to learn that his former boyfriend works the Times crossword puzzle?
8. Why does Sedaris find the many signs posted in America ironic?
9. Why are Sedaris' fantasies about manipulating American people rather than French people?
10. Why does Sedaris allow the American couple to insult him without admitting he speaks English?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Considering Sedaris' use of humor when writing about himself or people in general. Evaluate the effect of his humor on the essays you have read. Then write an essay of your own in which you determine how successful Sedaris' use of humor is in conveying the themes of his pieces. Use specific examples from the text to support your point.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Consider Sedaris' reflections on French and American culture. Based on these reflections, write an essay in which you argue whether Sedaris seems to "belong" in France or America. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.
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