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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Swede's younger brother's name?
(a) Bill.
(b) Jerry.
(c) Jim.
(d) Ira.

2. Where does Merry meet political people and take on a secret life as a teenager?
(a) New York.
(b) Massachusetts.
(c) New Jersey.
(d) Connecticut.

3. What does Jerry tell Nathan that Swede fought to keep in Chapter 3?
(a) His family.
(b) His group together.
(c) His money.
(d) His sanity.

4. What does the narrator say that adolescents sought more of compared to the adults in his neighborhood?
(a) Higher ideals.
(b) Drive faster.
(c) Sexual freedom.
(d) Better education.

5. Whom does Swede remember watching on TV and has an imaginary conversation with in Chapter 4?
(a) Joy Helpern.
(b) Angela Davis.
(c) Dorothy Dwyer.
(d) Rita Cohen.

6. What does the narrator say Jerry is accustomed to being in Chapter 3?
(a) Having his way.
(b) Demanding attention.
(c) Being ignored.
(d) Being listened to.

7. What is the first war Merry become militant about?
(a) The Vietnam War.
(b) WWI.
(c) The Korean War.
(d) WWII.

8. What does Rita say Swede has to do for her if he wants to see Merry in Chapter 4?
(a) Give her money.
(b) Travel with her.
(c) Have sex with her.
(d) Buy her a house.

9. What is Swede's entire community in love with in regard to him?
(a) What he stands for.
(b) His athleticism.
(c) His manners.
(d) His confidence.

10. What does Swede's athletic performance help his community forget about?
(a) The plague.
(b) Their debt.
(c) The war.
(d) Death.

11. What does Merry stop doing as a teen in regards to hygiene?
(a) Taking a bath.
(b) Washing her hair.
(c) Brushing her teeth.
(d) Changing her clothes.

12. Who is the man that pays alimony for two marriages at Nathan's class reunion?
(a) Shelly Salzman.
(b) Bill Orcutt.
(c) Ira Posner.
(d) Marvin Lieb.

13. What does the narrator say the adolescents had respect for in regard to their parents in his neighborhood?
(a) Their productivity.
(b) Sexual freedom.
(c) Intellect.
(d) Their values.

14. What year did Nathan graduate from high school?
(a) 1935.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1960.
(d) 1950.

15. What does Swede's daughter do to the local post office and general store as a radical stunt?
(a) Robs it.
(b) Bulldozes it.
(c) Bombs it.
(d) Sets it on fire.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Rita's last name in the book?

2. What celebrity does Merry become obsessed with as a child?

3. What did Swede's grandfather manufacture?

4. Who is the recipient of a 14-year-old girl's kidney at Nathan's class reunion?

5. How tall is Merry?

(see the answer keys)

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