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Short Story Exam

Brenham English 1 Short Story Exam

What does Jimmy Valentine do in prison that helps him when he decides to go straight? works in the prison shoe shop
How do the prison warden's words to Jimmy provide a clue to the surprise ending? He tells Jimmy that he is not a bad fellow at heart.
Which of Jimmy's actions gives a clue to his plans when he is released from prison? He returns to his room and picks up his burglar tools.
Why does Jimmy ask Annabel for the rose she is wearing? He knows he will have to leave town and wants something to remember her by.
What happened in Arkansas that makes Jimmy want to become another man? He falls in love with Annabel.
Why does Ben Price not arrest Jimmy? He knows Jimmy exposed his past in order to save the child.
Which situation is not a sign of Jimmy's changed life? He has kept his suitcase full of tools.
What does this description of Jimmy tell us about him? "He was now dressed in tasteful and well-fitting clothes, and carried his dusted and cleaned suitcase in his hand." Jimmy is neat and likes to dress well.
What is the main idea of "A Piece of Steak"? Tom King had been a great fighter and defeated some of the greatest fighters, and he might have won the fight against Sandel if he had been properly nourished.
What is the setting of "A Piece of Steak"? Australia
Tom King's face would have been considered ugly.
Tom remembered his old bull terrier dog because of the steaks he had fed the dog.
The reader can infer that Tom's children were poorly nourished.
The fight ended in a knockout of Tom.
Tom might have won the fight with Sandel if the butcher had given his wife some credit and the match had been a fight to the finish.
During the fight Tom was cautious and intelligent.
At the beginning of the story, "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" what seems to be the most important thing in Tom Benecke's life? getting a promotion at work
Which of the following events happened first in "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket"? Tom watched his wife get ready to go out alone.
Which of the following events causes Tom to go out on the ledge? Tom's paper flies out of the window.
Which events causes Tom to panic? He sees the street below.
What is a moment of high suspense in "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket"? Tom looks down and panics
Why doesn't Tom simply wait for his wife to come home and help him? She had left early to see the second feature and would not be home for hours.
Why does Tom change his attitude toward life? He almost fell off the ledge and dies.
What detail was seemingly minor at first, but later becomes important to Tom's effort to get back into his apartment. The window was hard to open.
Tom's struggle to overcome his fear is an example of what type of conflict? internal
What do the contents of Tom's pocket say about him? His life had been wasted.
What is the realization that Tom has during his experience on the ledge? He wants to spend more time with his wife.
"Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" is mostly about A man whose desire for a promotion at work nearly kills him.
The main character in the story "Where Have You Gone Charming Billy" is Paul Berlin.
Which character in the story dies? Billy Boy Watkins
What caused the death of Billy Boy? heart attack
In what war does this story take place? Vietnam War
What point-of-view is "Where Have You Gone Charming Billy" told in? Third Person Limited
At the end of the story, Paul cannot stop laughing
Who is the author of "Where Have You Gone Charming Billy"? Tim O'Brien
Created by: juliehinds



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