Shiloh and Other 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 is the hometown of Billy Carter that Bill and Imogene visit in “The Ocean”?

2. Ruby realizes in the hospital that she has about a hundred pictures of what actor, in “Third Monday"?

3. What song keeps going through Nancy’s head while she’s in the hospital after giving birth to Robert in “Lying Doggo”?

4. Why does the narrator say she returned to Kentucky in “Residents and Transients”?

5. How old is Nancy’s grandmother that’s being put in a nursing home in “Nancy Culpepper”?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Linda’s character described in the beginning of “Third Monday”?

2. What does Waldeen come to view as a symbol for marriage in “Graveyard Day”?

3. How is Sabrina Jones described in “A New-Wave Format”?

4. What does the narrator of “Residents and Transients” reveal in the beginning of the story? Who is the narrator?

5. How are Ishmael and its owner described in “The Ocean”?

6. How is Edwin’s character described in “A New-Wave Format”? Who do people think Edwin looks like?

7. How is Georgeann’s senior prom described in “The Retreat”?

8. What different depictions of “family” are presented in “Graveyard Day”?

9. What is Edwin Creech doing in the opening of “A New-Wave Format”?

10. How is Larry described in “Residents and Transients”? How did Mary meet Larry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the characters of Cleo Watkins and Rita Jean Wiggins in “Old Things.” How old are these characters? How would you characterize their relationship to one another? How are the characters similar? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the themes of identity, transition, and communication in “Offerings.” How does the author depict the communication between Sandra, her mother, and her grandmother in the story? What do each of these characters represent symbolically related to the theme of transition?

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