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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following best describes the genre of the stories the editors chose for this collection?
(a) Fantasy.
(b) Satire.
(c) Science-fiction.
(d) Realism.

2. Whose death prompted Sonny to start using drugs?
(a) His brother's.
(b) His mother's.
(c) His father's.
(d) His sister's.

3. What country had John Williams been traveling in before settling in Push's neighborhood?
(a) India.
(b) England.
(c) France.
(d) Morocco.

4. How many people's lives did Willi help save thanks to his heroic efforts in WWII?
(a) 13 people's lives.
(b) 33 people's lives.
(c) 23 people's lives.
(d) 3 people's lives.

5. Which of the following adjectives does NOT describe the mysterious gypsy that arrives in town in the story "The Fisherman from Chihuahua"?
(a) Dark.
(b) Wild.
(c) Friendly.
(d) Handsome.

6. In the story "Sonny's Blues," what does the narrator do for a living?
(a) He is a teacher.
(b) He is unemployed.
(c) He is a lawyer.
(d) He is an artist.

7. What animal does Willi's father breed for a living?
(a) Sheep.
(b) Cows.
(c) Dogs.
(d) Horses.

8. What news does Arty receive about his father on the first day he visits him in the mental institution?
(a) That his father is going to be released.
(b) That his father is innocent of his crimes.
(c) That his father is going to be transferred to another hospital.
(d) That his father is ill.

9. In the story "The Amish Farmer," why does Noel drive off the road in Amish country?
(a) Because he was avoiding potholes.
(b) Because he took his eyes off the road.
(c) Because he slid during a storm.
(d) Because he swerved to miss a deer.

10. How old is Sean at the opening of "Midair"?
(a) 4 years old.
(b) 10 years old.
(c) 6 years old.
(d) 8 years old.

11. Who is responsible for finding Mrs. Webster, Carlyle's future babysitter?
(a) Keith.
(b) Eileen.
(c) Sarah.
(d) Carlyle.

12. What terrible weather occurred when Sarah went missing?
(a) Sleet.
(b) Rain.
(c) Hail.
(d) Snow.

13. How long does Mrs. Webster work for Carlyle before he notes a distinct change in his life?
(a) Four weeks.
(b) Two weeks.
(c) Six weeks.
(d) Eight weeks.

14. From what country is the man who comes to the restaurant in Pendleton's town and eats alone?
(a) He is Peruvian.
(b) He is Mexican.
(c) He is Columbian.
(d) He is Argentinean.

15. What drug was Sonny arrested for selling?
(a) Heroin.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Crack.
(d) Acid.

Short Answer Questions

1. What school subject does Vance teach in the story "The Amish Farmer"?

2. Who died, prompting the narrator to contact Sonny?

3. Which of the following food items does Louise eat in front of her husband as an act of defiance?

4. What is George's wife's name?

5. In the story "Fever," what is Carlyle's relationship status?

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