A Man Without a Country Test | Mid-Book 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. How long has it taken humanity to destroy the planet?

2. What has 'beat the heck' out of Kurt Vonnegut?

3. Who built the first electric generator?

4. What ethnic group did Kurt's friend in Nigeria belong to?

5. What was the first novel ever to be written using a typewriter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kurt say about guessing?

2. What advice does Kurt have for readers about creative writing?

3. What is Kurt's theory about the relationship between the moon and planet Earth?

4. Do you think that humans are really too 'cheap and lazy' to save the planet?

5. How does Kurt feel about American socialists?

6. How does Kurt feel about being an artist?

7. Who is Kurt's hero?

8. According to Kurt, what was the 'beginning of the end?'

9. How did age affect Kurt's upbringing?

10. What marketing tip does Kurt give readers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in an informal style that describes what it is like to pursue art as a career. The essay should focus upon:

1) Difficulties faced by those seeking to make money from art.

2) The chances of being able to make a comfortable living from art.

3) How you would feel if your children wanted to be professional artists.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that summarizes what you feel to be Kurt Vonnegut's political beliefs based on what you have read in "A Man Without A Country," with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Research and write a short essay on humanism, including the foundations of the belief, major contributors, and well-known adherents.

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