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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 Franklin?

2. Where is Muriel Glass' hotel located?

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

4. Who is Eric?

5. What does Seymour want to hunt for in the water with Sybil?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader learn about Muriel's mother during the "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" story?

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

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

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

5. Why does Eloise so fondly remember Walt?

6. What happens to the Laughing Man?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is dark comedy used in this collection? What does it add to the collection? How does it affect the reader? Why is dark humor used to discuss topics that are normally taboo? Why is dark humor needed to talk about topics that are normally taboo?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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