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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. What time of year is the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, set?

2. What is physically wrong with Ramona?

3. Why does Ginnie need money before Monday?

4. Who does Seymour call 'Miss Spiritual Tramp of 1948'?

5. How old is the main character in 1928?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Teddy feel about emotion?

2. How is the short story Teddy similar to the short story, A Perfect Day for Bananafish?

3. Why does Arthur call Lee in the first place of Pretty Mouth and Green my Eyes?

4. What is Seymour hospitalized for?

5. Who is the Chief?

6. What is wrong physically with Ramona?

7. Why is the Chief so important to the boys?

8. Why does Esme's long and complicated letter soothe the narrator more than one from his family?

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

10. Why is the narrator so taken by Esme?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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