The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories 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. What did Louise sneak out of the kitchen when she was a young child?

2. What is the young girl carrying with her on the first day?

3. What did Michael remember hearing as a child from the open window in his room?

4. In The Fat Girl, what did Louise's mother start talking to her about when Louise was eight years old?

5. Where does Hattie Benedict and the two children find shelter during the blizzard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Magic find the white horse, in what condition is the horse, and who does he call for help?

2. What picture do the narrator of Catherdraland Robert draw and why?

3. In the story The Fat Girl,When Louise examines herself in a mirror, what parts of her body does she like? What parts does she hate?

4. In Testimony of Pilot, how does Quadberry get the scar over his right eye?

5. Who does the mother in the story The First Day ask the woman at Walker Jones School and why?

6. What memory does Bryan relate in the third part of the story Minor Heroism?

7. Who is Hattie Benedict in Wickedness, and how does she survive the blizzard?

8. In A Romantic Weekend, how long do Beth and her companion stay in Washington,D.C. and how do they return home? Why did they actually make the trip?

9. Why does Delores kill her husband Michael in Scott Bradfield's story "The Darling"?

10. Who is Petra in Ann Beattie's story "A Vintage Thunderbird"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author portray nature and the forces of nature in the story Wickedness?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of metaphors in the story Men Under Water. How do they reflect the relationship between the narrator and Gunther?

Essay Topic 3

When Danica asks Mr. Muirhead, in the story Train, whether she and Jane will be friends forever, how does he respond? Why does he know these things about his daughter, and likewise know Danica is not like his daughter?

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