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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 is Muriel doing when Seymour returns from the beach?

2. What does the Chief drive?

3. How old is Ginnie?

4. How many male characters appear on the scene in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?

5. Ginnie dreams that a servant gives _____ out instead of tomato juice at dinner.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the Chief?

2. What indications does the reader have in the beginning of the story, Just Before the War with the Eskimos, that it is about a wealthy group of people?

3. Why is the Chief so important to the boys?

4. Why are Mary Jane and Eloise good friends for each other?

5. 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?

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

7. What happens with Seymour and the trees?

8. What does the floating red tissue represent in The Laughing Man?

9. Why aren't there any men 'seen' in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?

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

Why is Eloise so consumed by her daughter's imaginary friends in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut? Why is she so eager for the imaginary friends to go away? Why are both imaginary friends male? Does that affect Eloise's hatred of them? Use examples from the story to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

New York and Connecticut are widely used throughout the book. What generalizations can be made about each city after having read Nine Stories? Do you want to go to either place? Do you live in either place? Does the story collection make you want to visit either place? Use examples from the book to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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