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. When was the last time the narrator spoke to his wife?

2. What story is Tiny telling when the breakfast incident occurs?

3. What object is used to rescue J.P. from the well?

4. How long is Tiny in the hospital after his fall?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frank Martin's name suggest?

2. Give an example of hopelessness in the story.

3. Give an example of hopefulness in the story.

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

5. Describe the narrator's landlord.

6. Why does Tiny stay at the facility?

7. How is friendship presented in the story?

8. What is the significance of New Year's Eve in the story?

9. What do you think the narrator intends to say to his girlfriend besides "It's me" when he calls?

10. Describe the character Frank Martin.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

There is no mention of any of the characters in the story having friends outside the facility. What role does community play in the recovery from addiction? Give examples of how the story threads community and friendship into its themes.

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