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 accept a job in De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period?

2. When does Arthur start thinking about leaving his wife?

3. Who is claiming to be an admiral?

4. What does Sandra worry about weighing around the boy?

5. What is Esme training herself to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lionel run away so often?

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

3. Describe the narrator in For Esme -- with Love and Squalor.

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

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

6. Why is the narrator so taken by Esme?

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

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

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

What do we learn about World War II throughout Nine Stories? Why is it such a prevalent theme throughout this collection of short stories?

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

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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