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. Why does the narrator say he needs to talk to his wife?

3. How many times has the narrator been at the facility?

4. What is one thing J.P. worries about when he is in the well?

5. When does the title phrase "Where I'm Calling From" appear in the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrator's landlord.

2. Why does the narrator not give his name?

3. What does Tiny represent?

4. How is the image of rain used in the story?

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

6. How does the story show the progression of alcoholism?

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

8. Give an example of hopefulness in the story.

9. How does J.P. act when he tells the story about his descent into alcoholism?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

The narrator describes J.P. as "first and foremost a drunk. But he's also a chimney sweep." Why does the narrator include both aspects of J.P.'s identity? How does this reflect one of the story's themes?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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