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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 has trouble sleeping since
2. Using the reference books, Sedaris discovers a whole new world of
3. Sedaris confesses his own fear is that
4. Though Sedaris is in Paris, he spends most of his time
5. In the Mr. Science fantasy, Sedaris
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe one way in which Sedaris attempts to memorize masculine and feminine nouns.
2. How does Sedaris attempt to charm his teacher with his humor?
3. Why does Sedaris believe he cannot have the same movie-viewing experiences in America that he has in Paris?
4. What helps Sedaris overcome his distaste for the Walkman?
5. What has become Sedaris' habit when friends come to visit him in Paris?
6. Why are Sedaris' fantasies about manipulating American people rather than French people?
7. Why is Reggie so indignant about his job on the construction site clean-up crew?
8. Why does Sedaris eventually take the Mensa IQ test?
9. Why is Sedaris relieved that he squeals and grabs his neighbors' legs when the men are injured by the vachettes?
10. Why does Sedaris find the many signs posted in America ironic?
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
If "Selfishness and self-absorption are deadly charm-exterminators," how does Sedaris remain interesting and sympathetic despite his descriptions of himself throughout the book? Write an essay in which you identify specific strategies, such as humor and hyperbole, that contribute favorably to Sedaris' style, even when he is offering self-criticism.
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