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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. Who is Joan?

2. How many kids are in the Comanche Club?

3. Who talks to Dr. Sivetski about Seymour's condition?

4. Who pays the Chief?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Laughing Man?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Who is the Chief?

5. What can the reader like about a character like Muriel?

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

7. What happens with Seymour and the trees?

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

9. What is Seymour hospitalized for?

10. Why is the setting appropriate for the story, Uncle Wiggily 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

Lies and deception are used by several characters, including Arthur in Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes and the narrator in De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period. Why does each character rely on lies and deceit? What do they hope to gain? What do they hope to avoid? What does it tell us about each character? What does each character have in common? What makes them different?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast your favorite and least favorite characters in the book. Use specific examples from the book to explain what you do and do not like about each character.

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