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 do you describe Lee, from the story, Pretty Mouth and Green my Eyes?

2. What interesting item does Mrs. Snell always wear, even in summer?

3. Who throws the key chain into the lake?

4. How does the narrator in the story, For Esme - with Love and Squalor, receive the wedding invitation?

5. Where do the Ellenborgens live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is the narrator so taken by Esme?

8. 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?

9. Why does Esme's long and complicated letter soothe the narrator more than one from his family?

10. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Eloise so consumed by her daughter's imaginary friends in the story, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut? Why is she so eager for the imaginary friends to go away? Why are both imaginary friends male? Does that affect Eloise's hatred of them? Use examples from the story to explain your answers.

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

How is dark comedy used in this collection? What does it add to the collection? How does it affect the reader? Why is dark humor used to discuss topics that are normally taboo? Why is dark humor needed to talk about topics that are normally taboo?

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