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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Wild Plums" why does the young girl jump off her father's carriage?
(a) To play with the dog.
(b) To run away.
(c) To get a drink of water.
(d) To see if Mrs. Slump wore underwear.

2. Who wrote "The Second Tree From the Corner"?
(a) Eudora Welty.
(b) William Shakespeare.
(c) E.B. White.
(d) William Faulkner.

3. In "The Country Husband" who kisses Francis?
(a) The neighbor.
(b) Anne.
(c) The maid.
(d) The secretary.

4. In "The Other Woman" the storyteller receives a letter from his fiancee. What does the letter say?
(a) She has cheated on him.
(b) She wants to call off the marriage.
(c) She knows he will cheat on her but she will forgive him.
(d) It professes and explains the love she feels for him.

5. In "The Country Husband" what does Julia love to do?
(a) Cook.
(b) Go to dinner parties.
(c) Sew.
(d) Shop.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Wild Plums" what does the narrator's mother say wild plums taste like?

2. In "The Second Tree From the Corner," what does Mr. Trexler travel several blocks without doing?

3. Who wrote "The Country Husband"?

4. In "That in Aleppo Once..." the narrator immigrates to ____________.

5. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin,", how old is Richard?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Hitch-Hikers" what does Harris do to try to help the hitch-hikers?

2. In "The Killers" why doesn't the author tell the reader why Ole Anderson is going to be murdered?

3. In "The Second Tree from the Corner," what are Mr. Trexler's bizarre thoughts?

4. In "Wild Plums" why did the young girl want to pick plums?

5. Describe the evidence that the family in "Christmas Gift" are second-class citizens.

6. In "The Hitch-Hikers" what does the guitar mean to each of the characters?

7. Why do you think the author chose to have a narrator listening to a friend tell a story in "The Other Woman"?

8. How is "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin" a story about coming of age?

9. Describe the marriage between Julia and Francis in "The Country Husband."

10. In "Christmas Gift" what is the gift?

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