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 is the result of J.P.'s arrest?

2. According to the narrator, what is the physical appearance of his landlord?

3. Whom does the narrator try to call on New Year's Eve?

4. What did the famous writer who lived near the facility die of?

5. Where do J.P. and his wife go on their first date?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is J.P.'s wife a symbol of?

2. How is friendship presented in the story?

3. Describe the character Frank Martin.

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

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

6. Give one example of a character in the story being self-deprecating.

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

8. Discuss how J.P.'s experience as a child in the well mirrors his experience as an adult alcoholic.

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

10. Why does Tiny stay at the facility?

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

How do compassion and forgiveness figure into the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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