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

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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

In his Introduction, Tobias Wolff quotes Kafka as saying literature is like an axe with which to break "the frozen sea within us." What did Kafka mean by this? What two stories in the collection had this affect on you and why?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Ad Magic? How does his name give important information about who he is and what he does with his life? How does his affliction blur the lines of reality and fantasy for Ad Magic?

Essay Topic 3

Georgie describes his job to a hitchhiker he meets and says "I save lives." Discuss the lives Georgie saves in the story. Do you think this is an accurate description of his job? Why or why not?

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