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. Where does J.P. tell his stories to the narrator?

2. What is one thing J.P. worries about when he is in the well?

3. What is the first thing J.P. and his wife do when she arrives at the facility?

4. What was J.P. doing when he met his wife?

5. Where do J.P. and his wife live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the way Roxy is dressed on New Year's Day?

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

3. Why does the proprietor get a cake for New Year's Eve?

4. What does Frank Martin's name suggest?

5. Give an example of hopelessness in the story.

6. What is the significance of the call the narrator intends to make to his wife at the end of the story?

7. Give an example of sarcasm in the story.

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

9. Give an example of hopefulness in the story.

10. Why does the narrator use the term "drunk" instead of "alcoholic"?

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

The author never gives an explanation for why any of the characters drink. How does the story cultivate an understanding of alcoholism? Is it a weakness, a disease, or a combination of things?

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