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. Ginnie dreams that a servant gives _____ out instead of tomato juice at dinner.

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

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

4. How long is Mary Jane married?

5. Where does Mary Jane get the cameo brooch she is wearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Seymour hospitalized for?

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

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

4. Who speaks the most during the story, Just Before the War with the Eskimos, and from who's point of view is the story told?

5. What do Walt and Jimmy Jimmereeno have in common in the story Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut?

6. What is wrong physically with Ramona?

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

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

Compare and contrast your favorite and least favorite characters in the book. Use specific examples from the book to explain what you do and do not like about each character.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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