Nine Stories Test | Final 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. What job does the narrator accept under the name, Jean de Daumier-Smith?

2. Who wins the race back to the house at the end of the story, Down at the Dinghy?

3. Why doesn't Arthur leave his wife?

4. What artist does the narrator most resemble?

5. Who is Lissberg?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Arthur think his marriage isn't working?

2. Why is it ironic that the school closes down for not having a business license?

3. What does Arthur do for a living? How does the reader know?

4. How does the story, Down at the Dinghy, end?

5. Why does the narrator and Bobby move back to New York nine years later?

6. Why does the tea room likely suit the narrator as a place to spend his last few hours in the town rather than the Red Cross recreation room?

7. Who does Lee think Joanie goes with after the party?

8. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

9. What do the pickles, key chain and goggles tell us about Lionel?

10. How does Boo Boo handle Lionel's habit of running away?

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

Dialogue is used heavily throughout the book. Cite examples of the use of dialogue that are especially memorable. Why is dialogue so important to this short story collection? How does it help the reader? What does dialogue keep from the reader?

Essay Topic 3

What do we learn about World War II throughout Nine Stories? Why is it such a prevalent theme throughout this collection of short stories?

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