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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 is Lou at the police headquarters when he talks to Vic on the telephone in "Christmasland, July 7-9"?

2. What is the name of the shop that Vic passes as the enters Christmasland that has wooden puppets dangling in the window?

3. In the conclusion of the narrative, when does the author say the work was completed?

4. When does Nathan Demeter say the Rolls-Royce was made that he lets his daughter drive in "Interlude: The Spirit of Ecstasy, 2000-2012"?

5. Based on the articles that Wayne reads about Maggie in "Christmasland, July 7-9," in what year was Maggie charged with public endangerment for starting a fire in an abandoned building?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Wayne’s demeanor described in the beginning of "Come All Ye Faithful, October"? What does Lou do for his son?

2. How does Vic come to spend the summer with her son in "Bad Mother, December 16, 2011-July 6, 2012"? How does she feel about this vacation?

3. Who is the first of the children from Christmasland that calls Vic in "Interlude: The Spirit of Ecstasy, 2000-2012"? What does this character say?

4. Where does Vic travel to across the Shorter Way Bridge on the Triumph in "Search Engine, July 6-7"? What takes place at this location?

5. What does Bing do at the church by his house in "Interlude: The Spirit of Ecstasy, 2000-2012"?

6. How does the narrator describe the actions of Paul Caslon and Millie Manx in the novel’s Epilogue?

7. How are Vic’s circumstances described in the beginning of "Bad Mother, December 16, 2011-July 6, 2012"? Where is she living?

8. Where do Vic and Wayne spend the summer in "Bad Mother, December 16, 2011-July 6, 2012"? How is the setting described?

9. What argument takes place between Charlie Manx and Bing in the beginning of "Search Engine, July 6-7"?

10. What is Vic doing when the narrative first turns to her character at the Lake House in "Search Engine, July 6-7"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the characters of Louis Carmody, Tom and Cady Priest, Alan Warner, and Sam Cleary in "Sleigh House, 1996." How old is Louis when Vic meets him? What does Vic think about stopping at Sam’s Gas and Sundries? Who is the most helpful to Vic here?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Vic McQueen as the protagonist of NOS4A2. How old is Vic when her character is first introduced? What does Vic enjoy doing? How does Vic react to the Shorter Way Bridge when she first crosses it? How does Vic’s character evolve in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Charlie Manx’s offer to Bing Partridge in "Spicy Menace, 1990." How frequently does Charlie say he brings a child to Christmasland? How does Charlie describe Christmasland? What does Charlie tell Bing they are saving the children from? How does Charlie ask Bing to prepare for their work together?

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