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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 does Sedaris admit to feeling for America?
2. The crossword puzzles grow harder as
3. What are the vachettes?
4. Sedaris decides to try a crossword puzzle when
5. According to Sedaris, speaking Easy French means
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Sedaris relieved that he squeals and grabs his neighbors' legs when the men are injured by the vachettes?
2. What does Sedaris finally conclude about his obsession with crossword puzzles?
3. How does Sedaris attempt to charm his teacher with his humor?
4. What helps Sedaris overcome his distaste for the Walkman?
5. What gives Sedaris a new confidence about speaking French?
6. Why does Sedaris allow the American couple to insult him without admitting he speaks English?
7. What does Sedaris do to help himself sleep at night when various beverages fail him?
8. Describe one way in which Sedaris attempts to memorize masculine and feminine nouns.
9. While watching the girl dangle from a broken ride at the Paris street fair, what is Sedaris most concerned about?
10. Why does Sedaris eventually take the Mensa IQ test?
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
Many of Sedaris' essays revolve around experiences with his parents. Considering Sedaris' descriptions of these experiences and his characterization of his parents, write an essay in which you evaluate their success in raising children. Use specific examples of Sedaris' childhood, and his parents' interaction with his siblings and himself, as support for your argument.
Essay Topic 3
Erich Fromm said, "Integrity simply means not violating one's own identity." Considering Sedaris' own search for identity throughout his essays, write an essay of your own in which you argue whether or not he maintains integrity throughout his experiences. Use specific examples to support your argument.
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