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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 is the preacher’s jacket described in “The Climber”?

2. The narrator says in “Old Things,” “After her husband died, [Cleo] moved to town, to a little brick house with a dishwasher and” what?

3. Where did Leroy’s tractor-trailer jackknife, causing his leg injury, in “Shiloh”?

4. Carolyn works as a sales clerk at what store in “Drawing Names”?

5. Dolores has an appointment with a gynecologist to see about what, in “The Climber”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What examples are given of Dusty’s tendencies to overreact in “The Climber”?

2. How are Mack’s feelings about the weather described in “The Rookers”?

3. From what narrative perspective is “Detroit Skyline, 1949” related? How does this narrative point of view compare with that of “Shiloh” and “The Rookers”?

4. How long has Carolyn been divorced in “Drawing Names”? How has this impacted her family Christmas visits?

5. How are the central characters in “The Rookers” similar to the central characters in “Shiloh”?

6. Why is the tree being removed in “The Climber”?

7. How are the characters of Norma Jean and Leroy described in “Shiloh”?

8. What memories of her grandmother’s farm does Sandra recollect in “Offerings”?

9. How does Mary Lou Skaggs help out her husband with his job in “The Rookers”? What is Mack’s job?

10. How are Louise’s watermelon paintings described in the beginning of “Still Life with Watermelon”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship of Mary Lou and Mack Skaggs in “The Rookers.” How is their relationship similar to Norma Jean and Leroy’s relationship in “Shiloh”? How does it differ? How would you compare their relationship to the others seen in the collection?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the plot structure of “The Rookers.” Where in the story are the exposition, rising action, climax, and denouement located? How does the structure of the story compare with “Shiloh”? How does the plot connect to the other stories as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Louise’s personal journey in “Still Life with Watermelon.” What does Louise gain understanding of in the ending of the story? What are the story’s central themes? How do these themes relate to Louise’s journey?

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