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 does the narrator's girlfriend do for a living?

2. Where is Tiny hoping to be on New Year's Eve?

3. Where does the proprietor tell the narrator and J.P. they can get the book he recommends?

4. What is the weather when the narrator and his girlfriend drive to the facility?

5. How are meals announced at the facility?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of mentioning the razor nicks on J.P.'s and other residents' faces?

2. Give of an example of how the narrator practices avoidance.

3. Chimney sweeping is an uncommon job. Why would the author choose it?

4. What does Tiny represent?

5. What is the significance of New Year's Eve in the story?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the narrator's landlord.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

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

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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