Nine Stories Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Muriel's telephone caller ask so many questions about Seymour's behavior?

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

3. Where is the Chief from?

4. Why does Ginnie like playing tennis with Selena?

5. Who thinks Seymour is "manic?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the reader know Teddy is a child genius?

3. What happens to the Laughing Man?

4. What is the issue with the book Seymour gives Muriel?

5. Who does Lee think Joanie goes with after the party?

6. What do Walt and Jimmy Jimmereeno have in common in the story Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut?

7. Why does the narrator lie in his lengthy application letter to the art school in Montreal?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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