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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. Why has Sedaris' conscience been bothering him?
2. When Sedaris completes his first puzzle,
3. Sedaris has trouble sleeping since
4. In most of his fantasies, Sedaris gives himself
5. Why did Hugh's family live in the Congo?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Reggie so indignant about his job on the construction site clean-up crew?
2. Why is Sedaris relieved that he squeals and grabs his neighbors' legs when the men are injured by the vachettes?
3. Ultimately, how does Sedaris claim to feel about Hugh's experiences?
4. Why does Sedaris allow the American couple to insult him without admitting he speaks English?
5. Why does Sedaris find the many signs posted in America ironic?
6. In the end, what does the class discussion on Easter lead Sedaris to conclude?
7. What does Sedaris do to help himself sleep at night when various beverages fail him?
8. How does Sedaris attempt to charm his teacher with his humor?
9. Why is Sedaris devastated to learn that his former boyfriend works the Times crossword puzzle?
10. How has Sedaris' childhood been different from Hugh's?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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