Where I'm Calling From Test | Final 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. After J.P. gets married, what word does he use to describe how he feels about his life?

2. How old is J.P. when he meets his wife?

3. Whose head is described as "too small for the rest of his body"?

4. How does J.P. introduce the narrator to his wife?

5. What time of day does Tiny return from the hospital to the facility?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the significance of the call the narrator intends to make to his wife at the end of the story?

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

5. What does the narrator's appetite represent?

6. Describe the character Frank Martin.

7. How does the narrator feel about his girlfriend?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many details in the story are vague, while others are very precise. For example, J.P. is "eighteen or nineteen" when he meets his wife, but he remembers exactly what she is wearing. Explore how the author alternately uses vague and precise details and why.

Essay Topic 2

The themes of both despair and hope figure in "Where I'm Calling From." Is the story ultimately more hopeless or hopeful? Give examples to back up your opinion.

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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