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

2. What song is Boo Boo singing on the way to the Dinghy?

3. Where does Arthur want to move?

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

5. Arthur says the only people he knows in New York are Lee and a bunch of ________?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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