The Best American Short Stories of the Century Test | Mid-Book 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. In "Theft" who tries to steal from the main character?

2. In "The Country Husband" who is Anne?

3. In "The Second Tree From the Corner," what makes Mr. Trexler happy?

4. In "Theft" the thief is stealing for ____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "The Country Husband" what does Francis' recollection of the maid add to the story?

3. In "That In Aleppo Once..." who is V.?

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

5. How do you perceive the fiancee in "The Other Woman"?

6. Describe the young woman in "Theft."

7. Why do you think that Francis becomes obsessed with the babysitter in "A Country Husband"?

8. In "Christmas Gift" why do you suppose the father stopped complaining about the half-sister staying with the family?

9. Why do you think the mistress in "The Other Woman" agreed to the affair?

10. In "That in Aleppo Once..." what does the wife do to hurt her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the idea of familial obligation as it appears in "The Rotifer" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the dissatisfaction in the lives of Zoe of "You're Ugly, Too" and Art of "Birthmates." Include the following elements:

a) Romantic relationships

b) Professional relationships

c) Health

d) Social interactions

e) Degree of being jaded

Be sure include evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the time period plays a role in "My Dead Brother Comes to America" and "The Christmas Gift."

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