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. Who does Seymour call 'Miss Spiritual Tramp of 1948'?

2. How is Seymour pushing Sybil in the water?

3. What is Muriel Glass doing when the call comes through from the hotel operator?

4. Who is Akim Tmiroff?

5. Who does The Laughing Man speak to in the forest?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. Who is the Chief?

6. Why does Eloise so fondly remember Walt?

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

8. What is wrong physically with Ramona?

9. What do Walt and Jimmy Jimmereeno have in common in the story Uncle Wiggly 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

Compare and contrast Lionel and Teddy. What does each character have in common? What makes them different? Analyze their challenges with family, beliefs and events.

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

Being a meditating child genius that is unaffected by emotion, Teddy is one of the more unique characters in the collection. Explore and analyze Teddy as a character. How does his age affect the story? How do you feel about his lack of emotion on any topic? What makes Teddy so different from the other characters Salinger creates in the collection?

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