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 kidnaps The Laughing Man?

2. The poetry book that Seymour gives as a gift is written in what language?

3. Why does Ginnie like playing tennis with Selena?

4. Why is Mr. Weyinburg at home from work?

5. Who is Jimmy Jimmereano?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ginnie suddenly forgive Selena's debt?

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

3. Why is the reader uncertain whether Seymour is going to shoot himself, Muriel or both when he grabs the pistol out of the suitcase?

4. What makes the reader think that perhaps Eric is not allowed into the military because he is homosexual?

5. What happens to the Laughing Man?

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

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

8. Why can the reader sympathize with Eloise more than envy her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Salinger says he writes about young people so much because he wants to not only speak to them, but for them. Do you think he accomplishes that goal throughout Nine Stories? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

What do we learn about World War II throughout Nine Stories? Why is it such a prevalent theme throughout this collection of short stories?

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