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. What causes blackouts, according to "the guy who travels"?

2. According to the narrator, what is J.P.'s emotional state at the beginning of the story?

3. Why does "the guy who travels" say he travels?

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

5. In what state does the story take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator remember the story of the landlord painting?

2. Give an example of a character in the story thinking fatalistically.

3. Why did the author choose the title "Where I'm Calling From"?

4. How does the narrator feel about his girlfriend?

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

6. Why is J.P. drawn to his wife when they meet?

7. Why does Tiny stay at the facility?

8. Does the narrator believe that "the guy who travels" actually travels?

9. What is the significance of the story of "the guy who travels"?

10. Why does the proprietor recommend "The Call of the Wild" to J.P. and the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is the character Frank Martin included in the story? Could the story have been told without him, or is he central to the themes?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Who is the more reliable storyteller, J.P. or the narrator? Give examples to back up your opinion.

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