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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the name of Ove's wife?
(a) Anita.
(b) Parvaneh.
(c) Sonja.
(d) Mary.

2. The narrator states in the opening of Chapter 12: “A Man who was Ove and One Day He Had Enough,” "People always said Ove and Ove's wife were like" what?
(a) "Two peas in a pod."
(b) "Thunder and rain."
(c) "Night and day."
(d) "Fire and ice."

3. Why was Ove unable to serve in the military?
(a) He has flat feet.
(b) He has a history of psychological problems.
(c) He is not a legal citizen.
(d) He has a congenital heart condition.

4. What component is Ove upset that the device he wants to buy does not have in Chapter 1: “A Man Called Ove Buys A Computer That Is Not A Computer”?
(a) A mouse.
(b) A screen.
(c) A keyboard.
(d) A joystick.

5. What did Ove use to repair the work truck during a downpour, according to the narrator in Chapter 8: “A Man who was Ove and a Pair of His Father’s Old Footprints”?
(a) A screwdriver and half a roll of gauze tape.
(b) Duct tape and electrical tape.
(c) A hammer and a ratchet.
(d) A muslin cloth and a pair of scissors.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ove fail at committing suicide in Chapter 9: “A Man Called Ove Bleeds a Radiator”?

2. What does Ove spread over his floor in the beginning of Chapter 7: “A Man Called Ove Drills a Hole for a Hook”?

3. What color eyes did Ove's wife have?

4. What month is it when the narrative shifts to Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Chapter 2: “(Three Weeks Earlier) A Man Called Ove Makes His Neighborhood Inspection”?

5. Where does Ove take the cat with him on an errand in Chapter 19: “A Man Called Ove and a Cat That Was Broken When He Came”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes the conflict between Ove and the Blond Weed in Chapter 6: “A Man Called Ove and a Bicycle that Should Have Been Left where Bicycles are Left”?

2. How does Parvaneh respond when she observes the cat in Chapter 17: “A Man Called Ove and a Cat Annoyance in a Snowdrift”?

3. Why does Ove become frustrated about the rope in Chapter 9: “A Man Called Ove Bleeds a Radiator”?

4. What did Sonja reveal to Ove in the end of Chapter 18: “A Man Who Was Ove and a Cat Called Ernest”? How did Ove respond?

5. How does Ove intend to commit suicide in Chapter 11: “A Man Called Ove and a Lanky One who can’t Open a Window Without Falling Off a Ladder”? What prevents him from doing so?

6. What happened during Ove's encounter with Tom in Chapter 12: “A Man who was Ove and One Day He Had Enough”?

7. Why does Ove end up barred from the hospital lobby in Chapter 13: “A Man Called Ove and a Clown Called Beppo”?

8. What prevents Ove from achieving his objective at the train station in Chapter 15: “A Man Called Ove and a Delayed Train”?

9. Why does Ove go to the train station in Chapter 15: “A Man Called Ove and a Delayed Train”?

10. At what time does Ove inspect his neighborhood each day? Why?

(see the answer keys)

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