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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a way that Louise reacts when she begins to gain weight during her pregnancy?
(a) She starts excluding herself from social events.
(b) She starts sneaking snacks.
(c) She starts wearing baggy clothes.
(d) She starts writing in her food journal.

2. Which of the following facts is NOT true of John Williams?
(a) He is handsome.
(b) He is rich.
(c) He is a bully.
(d) He is dark skinned.

3. What is the name of the first babysitter Carlyle hires?
(a) Susie.
(b) Janie.
(c) Debbie.
(d) Annie.

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

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

6. What does Louise's husband do for a living?
(a) He is a mechanic.
(b) He is a farmer.
(c) He is a lawyer.
(d) He is an actor.

7. What emotion does Carlyle use to describe his life now that Mrs. Webster is involved in it?
(a) Boring.
(b) Content.
(c) Disorganized.
(d) Terrifying.

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

9. What school subject does Vance teach in the story "The Amish Farmer"?
(a) History.
(b) English.
(c) Science.
(d) Math.

10. 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.

11. What reason is Pendleton given for the gypsy's disappearance from town?
(a) He is dead.
(b) He is a spirit.
(c) He is a drifter.
(d) He is a drunk.

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

13. During what type of weather does the girl remember feeding birds with her father in the story, "Verona"?
(a) In the sleet.
(b) In the snow.
(c) In the sunshine.
(d) In the rain.

14. Why does Noel pick a fight with Daniel in the story, "The Amish Farmer"?
(a) Because Daniel stole Noel's wallet.
(b) Because Noel's wife and Daniel are having an affair.
(c) Because Daniel was spying on Noel's family while they dressed.
(d) Because Noel thought Daniel was being aggressive.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long had it been since the narrator saw Sonny before his arrest?

2. In the story, "The Bystander," who did Arty's father attack before being committed to a mental institution?

3. What problem does the cab driver claim plagues the town of Rock Springs?

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

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

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