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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. What does an article about Merry say about her that Swede hates?
(a) She is insane.
(b) She is from a bad family.
(c) That she has a stubborn streak.
(d) She is hateful.

2. 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.

3. What is the name of the neighborhood in which Swede grew up?
(a) Weequahic.
(b) Bayonne.
(c) Passaic.
(d) Winnipeg.

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

5. What military force does Swede join as a teenager?
(a) The Marines.
(b) The Army.
(c) The Navy.
(d) The Air Force.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator believe the tribute to Swede's father was a cover to hide?

2. How many years had Swede's daughter been in hiding according to Jerry in Chapter 3?

3. How tall is Merry?

4. How are Swede's features described in Chapter 1?

5. The narrator notes what about his neighborhood as a youth?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Swede describe glove making to the narrator in Chapter 1?

2. How is Merry's bombing in her hometown at the end of Chapter 3 described?

3. Describe Nathan's interaction with his old girlfriend Joy at his class reunion.

4. What reason does Nathan give Jerry for coming to the reunion?

5. How are Merry's physical attributes described as she grows up?

6. What is Nathan fascinated with in regard to his childhood culture?

7. What does Nathan decide he will do to complete his story on Swede in Chapter 3?

8. How does the narrator describe the post-war energy of his neighborhood in Chapter 2?

9. How does the narrator describe Swede and Merry at a seaside cottage and their return from it?

10. What is the nature of the description of Newark Maid Leatherware?

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