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 happens to Charles' father?

2. Which famous French artist does the narrator claim to know personally?

3. In De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period, what is the narrator's most unrealistic wish for New York?

4. Where are Mrs. Snell's matches from?

5. What month is it when Lionel disappears in the story, Down at the Dinghy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lionel run away so often?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast your favorite story from Nine Stories to your least favorite story. Explain what you like and dislike from each story. Use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss irony as a theme throughout the Nine Stories collection. How is it used to create suspense, power and other emotions that are meant to draw the reader into the stories?

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