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

2. Why is Le Amis Des Vieux Maitres closed down?

3. What catches the narrator's attention, urging him to go inside the church?

4. What does Lionel think a 'kike' is?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Lionel run away so often?

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

9. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Salinger's use of sudden and tragic endings to some of his short stories. What do you like about them? What do you dislike about them? How do they contribute or take away from the collection as a whole and each story specifically? Do you think it is a powerful way to end the stories? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Salinger says he writes about young people so much because he wants to not only speak to them, but for them. Do you think he accomplishes that goal throughout Nine Stories? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the book.

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