Nine Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Selena's brother offer for Ginnie to eat?

2. What is Ginnie's full name?

3. What do the boys do on sunny days?

4. What does the Chief drive?

5. Who is accused of being the Queen of the Snobs in the story, Just Before the War with the Eskimos?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Walt and Jimmy Jimmereeno have in common in the story Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut?

3. What does Franklin do to make Ginnie look at him in a positive light?

4. What leads the reader to believe that tension is building throughout the story?

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

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

7. 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?

8. How does the reader know the setting takes place shortly after the end of World War II?

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

10. What happens with Seymour and the trees?

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

Discuss Salinger's use of sudden and tragic endings to some of his short stories. What do you like about them? What do you dislike about them? How do they contribute or take away from the collection as a whole and each story specifically? Do you think it is a powerful way to end the stories? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Dialogue is used heavily throughout the book. Cite examples of the use of dialogue that are especially memorable. Why is dialogue so important to this short story collection? How does it help the reader? What does dialogue keep from the reader?

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