The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story Murderers, what does Melvin Bloom tell the boys on the corner one summer afternoon?

2. What does Daddy Garbage discover in an alley?

3. In Murderers, what music could the boys hear from their vantage point?

4. What do Connie and Arnold find they are both listening to on the radio at the same time?

5. What question does G.R. ask Cody after hearing the story of what happened to Cody after his nap on the rocks?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 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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