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. Who is Lissberg?

3. What does Lionel promise his mother recently?

4. Why does the narrator say he hates chairs?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lionel run away so often?

2. Why does Arthur want to move to Connecticut?

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

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

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

6. Why is the narrator so taken with Sister Irma?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The wealthy and bored housewife character is written about in a couple of the short stories in Salinger's collection. Explore this character by comparing and contrasting the women. What do they have in common? Why is this a returning type of character in the collection?

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

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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