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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. In "The Egg," what business does the couple try first?

2. What couple does Mrs. Drake tell a story about?

3. What information is Beech threatened to give?

4. How much do Mrs. Mooney's boarders pay her per week?

5. What makes Foiral think that the home owner is rich?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the egg in "The Egg" represent?

2. What themes are prominent in "The Third Prize," and how?

3. How is Michael an impulsive person in "Impulse"?

4. Describe Michael in "Impulse."

5. Describe the differences between Pop Apling and Beech Cartwright.

6. Why does Lefty struggle between his identity and future?

7. How does Harold Krebs come home from war as a different person?

8. Describe the history of Jack Lorey and Joan Harris.

9. How does Harold Krebs find a balance in pleasing his parents and being able to live with himself?

10. Why did Peter Brench really discourage Lance from going to Paris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Egg," success and failure are prominent themes. What failures and successes are shown in the story? What does the egg represent? How does the egg reflect the story's themes of success and failure? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

In "Cruel and Barbarious Treatment," a married woman decides to reinvent herself. How does the woman in the story reinvent herself? Why does she reinvent herself? Does her reinvention succeed? Why or why not? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

In every story, there is a plot, which includes a climax, and that is no different in "Virga Vay & Allan." Discuss the events of the story leading up to the climax. What does the climax of the story demonstrate? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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