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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 going to fight the Eskimos?
2. Who is getting married soon in the story, Just Before the War with the Eskimos?
3. The poetry book that Seymour gives as a gift is written in what language?
4. What needs $400 to be repaired?
5. How does Jimmy Jimmereeno die?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What does the reader learn about Muriel's mother during the "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" story?
3. Why does Ginnie think Selena's brother looks goofy?
4. Why does Eloise so fondly remember Walt?
5. Why doesn't the narrator list all of the Chief's attributes?
6. What is wrong physically with Ramona?
7. Why aren't there any men 'seen' in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?
8. What makes the reader think that perhaps Eric is not allowed into the military because he is homosexual?
9. What happens to the Laughing Man?
10. What happens with Seymour and the trees?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Compare and contrast your favorite and least favorite characters in the book. Use specific examples from the book to explain what you do and do not like about each character.
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