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 the narrator see the talented young singer, giving him a chance to speak with her?

2. What year does Bobby die?

3. Where do the Ellenborgens live?

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

5. Who do the goggles that are thrown overboard once belong to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is the narrator so taken by Esme?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Being a meditating child genius that is unaffected by emotion, Teddy is one of the more unique characters in the collection. Explore and analyze Teddy as a character. How does his age affect the story? How do you feel about his lack of emotion on any topic? What makes Teddy so different from the other characters Salinger creates in the collection?

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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