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. On New Year's Eve, who asks for champagne as a joke?

2. How does Tiny fall at the beginning of the story?

3. What did the narrator wake up wanting on New Year's Day?

4. What was the short story the narrator read about?

5. What do J.P. and the narrator drink on the porch on the morning of New Year's Day?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does J.P. treat his wife?

2. Describe the character Tiny.

3. What is the plot of "To Build a Fire," the story the narrator remembers reading?

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

5. Why does Roxy say yes to a date with J.P.?

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

7. How does the narrator feel about his girlfriend?

8. What does Frank Martin's name suggest?

9. Is the narrator's girlfriend also an alcoholic?

10. Is the story sympathetic or not sympathetic to alcoholics, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does the narrator love his wife and his girlfriend? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss why the author uses so many idiomatic expressions (for example, "batting the breeze," "over the hump")? How does the use of idioms reflect the themes of the story?

Essay Topic 3

"Where I'm Calling From" was first published more than 25 years ago. If Raymond Carver were writing a story about addiction today, how might it be different?

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