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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. Where did Bird get a job when he left graduate school?
(a) A newspaper.
(b) Starbucks.
(c) A cram school.
(d) A political office.

2. Who does Bird encounter when he leaves the shop?
(a) A mime.
(b) A priest.
(c) A transvestite.
(d) A beggar.

3. What does the person in #52 tell Bird?
(a) To take the week off from work.
(b) To call the hospital billing office.
(c) Not to come to the maternity hospital.
(d) To bring his wife some clean clothes.

4. What does Bird do as he waits for a cab?
(a) Calls the hospital.
(b) Counts his money.
(c) Checks his e-mail.
(d) Spits out a broken tooth.

5. Why does Bird need to call his mother-in-law?
(a) To borrow her car.
(b) To ask her to dinner.
(c) To check on the baby's birth.
(d) To borrow some money

Short Answer Questions

1. Himiko carries Bird to ________________ so he can sleep.

2. What does Bird identify himself as when he arrives at the hospital?

3. What does the person in #54 give Bird before he leaves?

4. What comes over Bird as he waits for the bus?

5. What does Bird use intense sexuality for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the altercation Bird has with a student in his class after Bird vomits.

2. How is sex and sexuality a means for Bird to avoid responsibility?

3. What is unusual about the doctor who speaks to Bird about the baby?

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

5. What does Bird notice about the women watching from the windows of the maternity hospital?

6. What is the significance of Himiko's character in the story?

7. What is ironic about Bird's using sex to avoid responsibility?

8. What does Bird's father-in-law give to Bird during the visit and why is this an unlikely offering given Bird's troubles with addiction?

9. What does the glass-eyed doctor tell Bird they will know more about the baby's condition?

10. How is Bird's encounter with the gang a boost to his flailing ego?

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