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. What do J.P. and the narrator do at the end of New Year's Eve?

2. How many children does the narrator's girlfriend have?

3. What was J.P. doing when he met his wife?

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

5. How does the narrator describe himself and others at the facility?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is friendship presented in the story?

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

4. Give an example of sarcasm in the story.

5. How is the image of cold weather used in the story?

6. Why is the narrator so enthralled by J.P.'s stories?

7. What is the significance of Christmas in the story?

8. Why does the proprietor tell the narrator and J.P. that Jack London was an alcoholic?

9. What does the narrator's appetite represent?

10. What does Roxy's name suggest?

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

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

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.

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