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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. Who is Mr. Doran?

2. How long do the Drakes plan to vacation?

3. Why is Foiral upset with home owner?

4. What best describes Mrs. Mooney's husband?

5. What does the father do when he is laughed at in "The Egg"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Carlier and Kayert's backgrounds.

3. In "Torch Song," what does Joan's fascination cause her to do?

4. How does Jack Fergusson feel about Mabel Pervin before and after the suicide attempt?

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

6. Describe Michael in "Impulse."

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

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

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

10. What happens to Lefty in "A Bottle of Milk for Mother"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "A Bottle of Milk for Mother," identity is a prominent theme. How is the theme of identity reflected in the story? How does Lefty's identity influence his actions? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Responsibility is a prominent theme in "Open Winter." How is the theme of responsibility reflected in the story? Which character best exemplifies responsibility? Why? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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