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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of Emily's daughter in the story "Talk of Heroes"?
(a) Elizabeth.
(b) Sandra.
(c) Dahlia.
(d) Janice.

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

3. In the story "Fever," what is Carlyle's relationship status?
(a) He is dating.
(b) He is divorced.
(c) He is married.
(d) He is engaged.

4. Who was the last person Sarah was with before she disappeared?
(a) George.
(b) Lenore.
(c) Julie.
(d) Elizabeth.

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

6. In the story "Fever", who is Carol?
(a) Carlyle's boss.
(b) Carlyle's daughter.
(c) Carlyle's girlfriend.
(d) Carlyle's neighbor.

7. When Sarah goes missing in the story "Weekend," how does Julie search for her?
(a) In a car.
(b) On foot.
(c) On a bicycle.
(d) On horseback.

8. Which of the following weapons does Daniel use to intimidate Noel after their altercation?
(a) A knife.
(b) A rope.
(c) A wrench.
(d) A candlestick.

9. Which of the following facts is true about Eugene Kraft in "A Poetic for Bullies"?
(a) He has only one hand.
(b) He has a lazy eye.
(c) He walks with a limp.
(d) He drools when he speaks.

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

11. Which of the following food items does Louise eat in front of her husband as an act of defiance?
(a) A chocolate chip cookie.
(b) A piece of cake.
(c) A candy bar.
(d) An ice cream cone.

12. What was Sarah doing at the time she disappeared?
(a) Hunting.
(b) Rock climbing.
(c) Hiking.
(d) Swimming.

13. To which of the following ancient tribes is the gypsy compared in the story "The Fisherman from Chihuahua"?
(a) The Moors.
(b) The Paracas.
(c) The Incas.
(d) The Mayans.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story, "Rock Springs," what handicap affects Terrel?

2. What news does Arty receive about his father on the first day he visits him in the mental institution?

3. What animal does Willi's father breed for a living?

4. In "Verona," how does the mother in the story react when she sees her husband feeding birds with their daughter?

5. Which of the following best describes the genre of the stories the editors chose for this collection?

(see the answer keys)

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