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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 old is the narrator from the story, De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period, when his parents divorce?
2. Why doesn't Arthur leave his wife?
3. Where does Lee think the Ellenbogens go after the party?
4. What year does Bobby die?
5. Who is Miss Megley?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is it ironic that the school closes down for not having a business license?
2. 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?
3. Why does Esme's long and complicated letter soothe the narrator more than one from his family?
4. Why does Sister Irma withdraw from classes at the art school?
5. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?
6. Why does Arthur call Lee in the first place of Pretty Mouth and Green my Eyes?
7. Why does the narrator like the bulletin board outside the church so much in For Esme -- with Love and Squalor?
8. How does the story, Down at the Dinghy, end?
9. Why does Lionel run away so often?
10. Why is Sandra so worried about Lionel when he runs away in Down at the Dinghy?
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
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 3
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.
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