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 is crying because she wants to be told she is a nice girl in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?

2. What is physically wrong with Ramona?

3. Who is very ill in the story, Just Before the War with the Eskimos?

4. Where is Muriel Glass' hotel located?

5. Who is Lew?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Muriel insist that Seymour isn't capable of harmful actions?

2. Why does Eloise so fondly remember Walt?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Coming of Age is a theme seen in a few of the stories, including The Laughing Man. Explore and discuss the theme and why it is used is more than one story. How is it used? Why does Salinger use a Coming of Age theme in several stories? How can any reader relate to this theme, especially your age group?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss irony as a theme throughout the Nine Stories collection. How is it used to create suspense, power and other emotions that are meant to draw the reader into the stories?

Essay Topic 3

What is the strongest theme in Nine Stories? Why does it leave such a lasting impression? Use specific examples from the book to explain your opinion.

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