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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 room number is Muriel Glass staying in at the hotel?

2. Where is Muriel Glass' hotel located?

3. How many kids are in the Comanche Club?

4. What does Sybil complain to Seymour about when meeting him on the beach?

5. Who graduates from college first, Mary Jane or Eloise?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Muriel insist that Seymour isn't capable of harmful actions?

2. What is the issue with the book Seymour gives Muriel?

3. Why does Ginnie think Selena's brother looks goofy?

4. What happens with Seymour and the trees?

5. Why doesn't the narrator list all of the Chief's attributes?

6. What does the reader learn about Muriel's mother during the "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" story?

7. What clues is the reader given that Franklin is bitter about Joan?

8. Why does Eloise so fondly remember Walt?

9. Who speaks the most during the story, Just Before the War with the Eskimos, and from who's point of view is the story told?

10. Why is Mary Jane part of the story, Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The wealthy and bored housewife character is written about in a couple of the short stories in Salinger's collection. Explore this character by comparing and contrasting the women. What do they have in common? Why is this a returning type of character in the collection?

Essay Topic 2

Coming of Age is a theme seen in a few of the stories, including The Laughing Man. Explore and discuss the theme and why it is used is more than one story. How is it used? Why does Salinger use a Coming of Age theme in several stories? How can any reader relate to this theme, especially your age group?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss irony as a theme throughout the Nine Stories collection. How is it used to create suspense, power and other emotions that are meant to draw the reader into the stories?

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