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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 does The Laughing Man speak to in the forest?

2. Who is John Gedsudski?

3. What room number is Muriel Glass staying in at the hotel?

4. How old is Ginnie?

5. How often does the Comanche Club meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the Chief?

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

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

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

5. What leads the reader to believe that tension is building throughout the story?

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

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

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

9. What happens to the Laughing Man?

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

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 is Nine Stories an important collection of short stories? What does it contribute to American literary history?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss irony as a theme throughout the Nine Stories collection. How is it used to create suspense, power and other emotions that are meant to draw the reader into the stories?

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