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. What is Muriel Glass doing when the call comes through from the hotel operator?

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

3. What does the Chief drive?

4. Who is Akim Tmiroff?

5. Who does Muriel speak with at the hotel about Seymour?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why aren't there any men 'seen' in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?

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

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

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

7. Why does Ginnie suddenly forgive Selena's debt?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why does the narrator in De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period feel the need to lie about so many details in the letter of application for the art teaching position? Explore the reasons why he continues the lies upon arrival as well.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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