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. Where do the narrator of Rules of the Game and her family live?

2. In The Things They Carried, what does First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carry with him in Vietnam?

3. Where is the story Murderers set?

4. Where is Elliot's office?

5. What did Aunt Granny Lith ask Casey to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What unusual literary device does Jamaica Kincaid use in her story Girl? Why and how does this device succeed in this piece?

Essay Topic 2

In Cathedral, the husband and Robert are very different people. Robert is blind and the husband is not, but that is not the most important different between them. How do these characters exchange sight in the evening they spend together? How does the evening change both men?

Essay Topic 3

Alcohol is a theme in some of the stories in this collection. Compare the drinking and the effect drinking has on these characters and their close relationships: Walter in All The Way To Flagstaff, Arizona; Willi Vorig in Talk of Heroes, and Lenny in Tall Tales From the Mekong Delta.

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