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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. Which of the following does Bird NOT think about on this day?
(a) His youth.
(b) His birdlike nature.
(c) Changes due to new baby.
(d) Buying a new car.

2. Of what is Bird convinced as he walks through the hospital?
(a) His son is dead.
(b) His wife will divorce him.
(c) His wife will not want any more children.
(d) His father-in-law will pay for surgery.

3. What does Bird note about the hospital's Director?
(a) He is sullen.
(b) He stutters.
(c) He giggles.
(d) He is deaf.

4. What does Bird do when he realizes that Himiko has gone?
(a) Goes home.
(b) Goes back to sleep.
(c) Goes back to the hospital.
(d) Watches TV.

5. What does an outspoken student do when Bird dismisses class early?
(a) Offers to take Bird home.
(b) Informs the administration.
(c) Shouts out attacks.
(d) Withdraws from class.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Bird contemplating in the book?

2. Where does Bird go after he gets dressed?

3. Where does Bird wake up in Chapter 5?

4. How does Bird feel about responsibility for his child?

5. What does Bird do when Himiko goes to the shower?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bird's thoughts about his child as a war hero show what Bird really feels about the journey ahead for the child and himself?

2. What is important foreshadowing regarding the tests of strength and Bird's encounter with the gang?

3. What instruction does Bird give the doctor regarding the baby's dwindling condition?

4. What happens to Bird when he goes to his job at the school in Chapter 9?

5. What outward signs in Bird's life indicate that he has made internal transformations?

6. How are Bird and Delchef in contrast regarding their attitudes toward responsibility?

7. Who are the people who Bird encounters when he gets to the maternity hospital?

8. At what stage is Bird in his journey of personal transformation at this point?

9. What is significant about Bird's hangover and vomiting in class?

10. What temporarily squelches Bird's desire for sex with Himiko?

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