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. How old is the narrator from the story, De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period, when his parents divorce?

2. What is the narrator's most traumatic move in the story, De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period?

3. What artist does the narrator most resemble?

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

5. What does Sandra worry about weighing around the boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

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

3. 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?

4. Why does Bobby move the family to Paris in 1929?

5. What happens to the narrator after he leaves the training course?

6. Why does the narrator lie in his lengthy application letter to the art school in Montreal?

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

8. Why does Lionel cry when he throws the key chain overboard?

9. Why is the narrator so taken by Esme?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Coming of Age is a theme seen in a few of the stories, including The Laughing Man. Explore and discuss the theme and why it is used is more than one story. How is it used? Why does Salinger use a Coming of Age theme in several stories? How can any reader relate to this theme, especially your age group?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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