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. Which window is the narrator standing in when he is watching the landlord?

2. When did the narrator read the short story he mentions?

3. Where was J.P. when he met his wife?

4. What country does "the guy who travels" want to make contacts in?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe Penny's name suggest?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Roxy's name suggest?

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

8. Is the story sympathetic or not sympathetic to alcoholics, and why?

9. Why does J.P. say the proprietor makes him feel like a "bug"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"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 3

Discuss how emotional and physical isolation are connected in the story.

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