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. To whom was Robert married?

2. In Cathedral, who is Robert?

3. Who is Dzia-Dzia?

4. What do Robert and the husband end up doing at the end of the television show?

5. Whose music does Dzia-Dzia hear while he sits at the other end of the kitchen table from Michael?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Who is speaking in Girl, and to who is she directing her instructions?

6. Where do the narrator of Emergency and his friend Georgie work and for how long? What do they do there?

7. How does Dzia-Dzia describe Chopin's death?

8. In the story Wickedness, what happens in Nebraska on the twelfth of January, 1888? How does this affect the townspeople?

9. What happens to Ad Magic in the beginning of A White Horse, and how do the people he is with react to his situation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Fat Girl chronicles the story of a young woman with an eating disorder. How does Louise suffer at the hands of those who wish to help her? Discuss her relationships with her mother, her college roommate, and her husband in your essay.

Essay Topic 2

Susan Power entitled her story about Margaret Many Wounds' death Moonwalk. Why did she use this title? How does the title mean more than one thing in the context of the story?

Essay Topic 3

In his story The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien differentials between the physical things the soldiers carried on their backs and those they carry in their hearts and minds. Contrast and compare the physical and emotional things the men carried and how each affect a soldier.

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