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 on their bodies do many residents at the facility, including J.P., have cuts?

2. When does the title phrase "Where I'm Calling From" appear in the story?

3. Where do the narrator and J.P. place their feet while sitting on the porch?

4. What part of J.P.'s body gets broken on the job?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What economic class do you think the narrator is from and why?

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

7. Why don't we learn what the narrator does for a living?

8. In the section about the landlord, what does the narrator's nakedness represent?

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

10. Describe the narrator's landlord.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Will J.P. and the narrator recover from alcoholism? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the different ways in which eating is used as a metaphor in the story, and what each mention of food or eating signifies.

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