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 does Lionel promise his mother recently?

2. How much does the job the narrator applied for under the name, Jean de Daumier-Smith, pay?

3. What artist does the narrator most resemble?

4. Why is Le Amis Des Vieux Maitres closed down?

5. Where do Arthur and Lee live?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why does Arthur call Lee back and pretend Joanie is finally home?

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

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

6. Why is the narrator so taken with Sister Irma?

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

8. Why does Sister Irma withdraw from classes at the art school?

9. Why does Lionel run away so often?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The wealthy and bored housewife character is written about in a couple of the short stories in Salinger's collection. Explore this character by comparing and contrasting the women. What do they have in common? Why is this a returning type of character in the collection?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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