Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 149 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. Who does the narrator say Randy thinks he looks like in "The Last You'll Hear From Me"?

2. What is Drew majoring in at CCCC in "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter"?

3. What bothers the narrator of "Music for Lovers" most about his daughter's boyfriend, Rusty?

4. Which of the following is NOT something Sandy convinces the narrator's mother to do in "We Get Along"?

5. Why is "The Last You'll Hear From Me" titled thus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the genre of "Don's Story"? How is it a "spoof" on an actual piece in this genre?

2. What insults does the narrator of "The Last You'll Hear From Me" hurl at Annette and Randy?

3. Describe Chad's father's childhood in "My Manuscript".

4. Describe a typical first date for the "old" version of the narrator of "Parade".

5. What prompts Mr. Holt to send Chad to Mr. Chatam for guitar lessons in "My Manuscript"?

6. How does Chad conduct research for his book in "My Manuscript"?

7. Describe the narrator's experience with the woman on the bus in "Firestone".

8. In "We Get Along", what does the narrator think the initials W.S. stand for? Why?

9. How is Don's success in "Don's Story" ironic?

10. Why does Drew react negatively after Glen shares his dreams with him in "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagine if one of the stories in this collection was missing from it. Choose one of the stories and "remove" it from the collection. Write an essay:

1) explaining the role that the story plays in the collection,

2) describing how the novel would be different without the story, and

3) comment on the quality of the book without the story: Would it be better or worse? Why?

Be sure to use specific examples from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Many of Sedaris' stories encourage his readers to re-examine their views about gender and sexuality. Select 2 of the stories from "Barrel Fever" and:

1) discuss how the story goes against conventional/traditional views of gender and/or sexuality, and

2) discuss the new version of gender/sexuality offered by the author.

Be sure to use evidence from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Two of Sedaris' stories in "Barrel Fever" ("Glen's Homophobia Newsletter" and "Season's Greetings to our Family and Friends") are written as letters. In your essay,

1) discuss how letters are typically used by people,

2) discuss how Sedaris uses the genre of the letter in each of these stories, and

3) analyze the statement the author is trying to make about the genre of the letter.

Be sure to use evidence from the stories to support your ideas.

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