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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. How old is Ginnie?

2. How long is Mary Jane married?

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

4. Who kidnaps The Laughing Man?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens with Seymour and the trees?

2. What happens to the Laughing Man?

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

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

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

6. What is Seymour hospitalized for?

7. Why does Eloise so fondly remember Walt?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

In For Esme - With Love and Squalor, a young girl becomes a powerful leader in recovery for the narrator. Why is Esme able to be so helpful to a solider that is so adversely affected by the war? What simple acts help him most? Why isn't his family able to help as much as Esme? How does a 13-year-old that he meets one time leave such a lasting impression?

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