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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 Swede wonder is connected with his preoccupations regarding Merry at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) Dawn.
(b) The kiss he gave Merry.
(c) His job.
(d) His background.

2. Who is the recipient of a 14-year-old girl's kidney at Nathan's class reunion?
(a) Jim Dwyer.
(b) Jerry Levov.
(c) Julius Pincus.
(d) Marvin Lieb.

3. What does the narrator suggest Swede's manner in kissing Merry when returning from the seaside cottage did to her?
(a) Harmed her.
(b) Killed her.
(c) Saddened her.
(d) Ruined her.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jerry tell Nathan that Swede fought to keep in Chapter 3?

2. What does Merry stop doing as a teen in regards to hygiene?

3. Besides being self-absorbed, what other word is used to describe Swede's daughter in Chapter 3?

4. What kind of cancer did Nathan suffer from?

5. What does the narrator say Jerry is accustomed to being in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe Swede's tribute to his father?

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

3. Swede reads about bombs over five years after Rita's visit that remind him of Merry. How are they described?

4. What is the nature of Nathan's reminiscence about "The Kid from Tomkinsville"?

5. How are the adolescents in Nathan's neighborhood described in Chapter 2?

6. What does Nathan say his working from home saves him from when talking with Jerry at the class reunion?

7. How is Rita's first visit to the glove factory described?

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

9. Describe Rita and Swede's conversation after she reveals she is Merry's friend in Chapter 4?

10. What does Merry begin doing in New York as a teenager?

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