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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Lewis complain about during his meeting with Arty?
(a) His loud neighbor.
(b) His health.
(c) The food.
(d) His scratchy bed sheets.

2. How long had it been since the narrator saw Sonny before his arrest?
(a) Two years.
(b) Three years.
(c) One year.
(d) Four years.

3. How much older is George than his wife?
(a) 31 years older.
(b) 21 years older.
(c) 41 years older.
(d) 11 years older.

4. With whom does Willi accidentally witness his mother having an affair?
(a) His father.
(b) His neighbor.
(c) His teacher.
(d) His best friend's father.

5. Which of the following adjectives would Sean use to describe his work life?
(a) Complicated.
(b) Stressful.
(c) Dangerous.
(d) Boring.

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

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

8. How does Willi react when he hears his father beating his mother at night?
(a) He attacks his father.
(b) He shouts at his mother.
(c) He does nothing.
(d) He phones the police.

9. As an adult, which of the following facts about Sean is NOT true?
(a) He is an alcoholic.
(b) He is having an affair.
(c) He works as a teacher.
(d) He has two children.

10. What is the name of the man with whom Willi's mother has sexual relations?
(a) Ledig.
(b) Wedig.
(c) Medig.
(d) Fedig.

11. In the story "Weekend," what did George do for a living before retiring?
(a) He was a pharmacist.
(b) He was a musician.
(c) He was a bus driver.
(d) He was a teacher.

12. What is George's wife's name?
(a) Elizabeth.
(b) Lenore.
(c) Sarah.
(d) Julie.

13. What is the name of Sean's sister?
(a) Emily.
(b) Carrie.
(c) Polly.
(d) Mary.

14. What is the nationality of the authors in this collection?
(a) French.
(b) American.
(c) Mexican.
(d) Canadian.

15. In the story the writer is composing in the tale "1/3, 1/3, 1/3," with whom does the lead character fall in love?
(a) A waitress.
(b) A lawyer.
(c) A princess.
(d) A convict.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following adjectives best describes Vance's student, Katie Jay, in the story, "The Amish Farmer"?

2. What is the name of Louise's college roommate?

3. In the story "Fever", who is Carol?

4. Which of the following aspects of his children's lives does Sean obsessively worry about?

5. Which of the following is NOT a way that Louise reacts when she begins to gain weight during her pregnancy?

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