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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. Why is Mr. Weyinburg at home from work?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Seymour hospitalized for?

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

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

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

5. Who is the Laughing Man?

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

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

8. What happens to the Laughing Man?

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

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

Lies and deception are used by several characters, including Arthur in Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes and the narrator in De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period. Why does each character rely on lies and deceit? What do they hope to gain? What do they hope to avoid? What does it tell us about each character? What does each character have in common? What makes them different?

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

In For Esme - With Love and Squalor, a young girl becomes a powerful leader in recovery for the narrator. Why is Esme able to be so helpful to a solider that is so adversely affected by the war? What simple acts help him most? Why isn't his family able to help as much as Esme? How does a 13-year-old that he meets one time leave such a lasting impression?

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