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. How does Walt die?

2. What size shoe does Ginnie wear?

3. Where does the main character of the story, The Laughing Man, get lost?

4. Who dies of cancer and weighs just 62 pounds in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?

5. Why does Eloise marry her husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the setting appropriate for the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut?

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

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

6. What happens with Seymour and the trees?

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

8. Who is the Chief?

9. What happens to the Laughing Man?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

New York and Connecticut are widely used throughout the book. What generalizations can be made about each city after having read Nine Stories? Do you want to go to either place? Do you live in either place? Does the story collection make you want to visit either place? Use examples from the book to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Coming of Age is a theme seen in a few of the stories, including The Laughing Man. Explore and discuss the theme and why it is used is more than one story. How is it used? Why does Salinger use a Coming of Age theme in several stories? How can any reader relate to this theme, especially your age group?

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