Where I'm Calling From 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. Who is the very first character mentioned in the story?

2. What state is the girlfriend in when they arrive at the facility?

3. What is J.P.'s wife's name?

4. What food do the narrator and his girlfriend buy for the trip to the facility?

5. How old is J.P. when he meets his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the narrator's girlfriend's son "mouthy"?

2. What does Tiny represent?

3. Why does the proprietor tell the narrator and J.P. that Jack London was an alcoholic?

4. What do you think the narrator intends to say to his girlfriend besides "It's me" when he calls?

5. Why is the narrator so enthralled by J.P.'s stories?

6. Why does Tiny stay at the facility?

7. What are the signs that J.P. is making a recovery?

8. Why does the narrator not tell J.P. that he woke up on New Year's Day wanting a drink?

9. How does the narrator feel about his girlfriend?

10. Why does the author keep mentioning the coal bucket?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nature imagery is prevalent in "Where I'm Calling From," as seen in frequent physical descriptions of place and climate and in the recurring theme of Jack London and his writing. Why did the author choose to emphasize nature? Could the story have been set in a city and pursued the same themes?

Essay Topic 2

The story explores J.P.'s wife's infidelity and his outraged reaction to it. Yet the narrator skims over the fact that he was unfaithful to his wife. What do the two examples of infidelity represent? Is J.P.'s wife's infidelity more noteworthy or unexpected than the narrator's? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Many details in the story are vague, while others are very precise. For example, J.P. is "eighteen or nineteen" when he meets his wife, but he remembers exactly what she is wearing. Explore how the author alternately uses vague and precise details and why.

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