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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 does Bird work?
(a) Bistro.
(b) Bookstore.
(c) Cram-school.
(d) Hospital.

2. What does Africa represent in Bird's life now?
(a) Postponement.
(b) Divorce.
(c) Spirit of avoidance.
(d) Lost causes.

3. What does Bird use intense sexuality for?
(a) A measure of intelligence.
(b) His creativity.
(c) A form of expression.
(d) A means of avoiding responsibility.

4. The older man who comes to Himiko's is a/an ___________________.
(a) abortion doctor.
(b) neighbor.
(c) professor.
(d) lover.

5. What is Bird told about the new baby?
(a) The baby is very healthy.
(b) The baby is abnormal.
(c) The baby has a deformed heart.
(d) The baby is premature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Bird dreaming of in Chapter 2?

2. What does the person in #52 tell Bird?

3. Why does Bird need to call his mother-in-law?

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

5. Hamiko gives Bird advice on ____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bird think about after he leaves the shop and how does he avoid learning about the birth of his child?

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

3. What is the significance of the students in Bird's class and what do they represent after his in-class vomiting incident?

4. What is Bird doing at the beginning of A PERSONAL MATTER? What is going on with Bird's wife and how does Bird think his life will soon change?

5. Who is Delchef and how is he introduced into the story?

6. How does the doctor exhibit insensitivity toward Bird about the baby on the way to the hospital?

7. Describe the nature of Bird's brief encounter with the transvestite on the street.

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 is the significance of the two men who come to Himiko's home?

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

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