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 three things does J.P. remember seeing when he looked up from the bottom of the well?

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

3. What weather condition is mentioned frequently in the story?

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

5. How long does the proprietor of the facility recommend that patients stay in treatment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Give an example of a character feeling stigmatized.

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

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

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

7. How do the narrator's two trips to the treatment facility differ?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The story explores J.P.'s wife's infidelity and his outraged reaction to it. Yet the narrator skims over the fact that he was unfaithful to his wife. What do the two examples of infidelity represent? Is J.P.'s wife's infidelity more noteworthy or unexpected than the narrator's? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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