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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What were the doctors who took Sean's father away carrying?
(a) Bandages.
(b) Straight jackets.
(c) Folded blankets.
(d) Syringes.

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

4. Who died, prompting the narrator to contact Sonny?
(a) The narrator's mother.
(b) The narrator's father.
(c) The narrator's daughter.
(d) The narrator's son.

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

6. What did the narrator and Sonny argue about while the narrator was on leave from the armed forces?
(a) Who would pay a dinner tab.
(b) Sonny's future.
(c) The narrator's marriage.
(d) The war.

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

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

9. Which of the following adjectives best describes Vance's student, Katie Jay, in the story, "The Amish Farmer"?
(a) Simple-minded.
(b) Comedic.
(c) Apathetic.
(d) Aggressive.

10. To what does Willi compare his household life after accidentally witnessing his mother having sexual relations?
(a) An unholy tripod.
(b) An unholy triangle.
(c) An unholy trinity.
(d) An unholy tricycle.

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

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

13. Which of the following examples is NOT a way that Push attempts to show dominance over John Williams?
(a) He makes jokes about him.
(b) He eggs his house.
(c) He challenges him to a fight.
(d) He sprays graffiti about him around town.

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

15. How many stories are included in this collection?
(a) 46 stories.
(b) 16 stories.
(c) 26 stories.
(d) 36 stories.

Short Answer Questions

1. What act of affection do Lewis and Arty share before Arty leaves his father alone in the hospital?

2. What story element is Vance trying to explain through his retelling of "The Amish Farmer"?

3. Which of the following elements is NOT true about Sean's childhood memory of his father?

4. What possession does the narrator in the story "1/3, 1/3, 1/3" have that is tantalizing to his neighbor woman?

5. In the story "Sonny's Blues," in which branch of the armed forces did the narrator serve?

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