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 Arthur put up with for five years?

2. Who is Boo Boo Tannenbaum?

3. What job does the narrator accept under the name, Jean de Daumier-Smith?

4. What is the narrator's first assignment from Mr. Yoshoto?

5. Why does the narrator say he hates chairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator like the bulletin board outside the church so much in For Esme -- with Love and Squalor?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why is Sandra so worried about Lionel when he runs away in Down at the Dinghy?

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

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

10. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lies and deception are used by several characters, including Arthur in Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes and the narrator in De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period. Why does each character rely on lies and deceit? What do they hope to gain? What do they hope to avoid? What does it tell us about each character? What does each character have in common? What makes them different?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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