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. Who is Mr. Weyinburg?

2. Who graduates from college first, Mary Jane or Eloise?

3. Who is Lew?

4. What does the Laughing Man subsist on?

5. Why isn't Selena's brother in the Army?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is the Chief?

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

6. What is Seymour hospitalized for?

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

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

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

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

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 2

Compare and contrast Lionel and Teddy. What does each character have in common? What makes them different? Analyze their challenges with family, beliefs and events.

Essay Topic 3

How is dark comedy used in this collection? What does it add to the collection? How does it affect the reader? Why is dark humor used to discuss topics that are normally taboo? Why is dark humor needed to talk about topics that are normally taboo?

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