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. Where does Arthur want to move?

2. Why does Arthur say his marriage isn't working?

3. What is one of Joanie's best traits?

4. What is the farthest distance Lionel ever runs away to?

5. Who is Boo Boo Tannenbaum?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the narrator so taken by Esme?

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

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

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

7. Why does Lionel run away so often?

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

9. 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?

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

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

What is the strongest theme in Nine Stories? Why does it leave such a lasting impression? Use specific examples from the book to explain your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Why does the narrator in De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period feel the need to lie about so many details in the letter of application for the art teaching position? Explore the reasons why he continues the lies upon arrival as well.

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