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. Where does Selena's brother meet Ginnie's sister?

2. How many male characters appear on the scene in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?

3. How does Jimmy Jimmereeno die?

4. What does the narrator see floating in the wind when he gets off the Chief's vehicle to walk home?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the pickles, key chain and goggles tell us about Lionel?

2. Why is Mary Jane part of the story, Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut?

3. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

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

5. What happens to the Laughing Man?

6. How does Teddy feel about emotion?

7. Why does Lionel cry when he throws the key chain overboard?

8. How does the story, Down at the Dinghy, end?

9. Why doesn't Teddy seem to be affected by the vision of his own pending death?

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

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

What is the strongest theme in Nine Stories? Why does it leave such a lasting impression? Use specific examples from the book to explain your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

What do we learn about World War II throughout Nine Stories? Why is it such a prevalent theme throughout this collection of short stories?

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