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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the story "Rock Springs," why does Earl find himself on the run?
(a) For punching a mobster.
(b) For robbing a bank.
(c) For writing bad checks.
(d) For stealing a car.

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

3. Which of the following statements is NOT true about the girl in the story "Verona"?
(a) She is an avid reader of fairy tales.
(b) She is fed only the best foods.
(c) She is oftend complimented on her "goodness."
(d) She is dressed in royal clothing.

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

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

6. What reason does George give to others who ask why his wife continues to stay with him?
(a) Because she is in love.
(b) Because she has no other options.
(c) Because she trusts him explicitly.
(d) Because she is simple-minded.

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

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

9. Which of the following elements is NOT true about Sean's childhood memory of his father?
(a) They climbed through an open window.
(b) They climbed down their fire escape.
(c) They climbed on the roof of their house.
(d) They climbed a rope ladder.

10. 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.

11. How many children does Carlyle have?
(a) 4 children.
(b) 1 child.
(c) 2 children.
(d) 3 children.

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

13. How does Louise's husband treat her when she begins to gain weight during pregnancy?
(a) He ignores her.
(b) He treats her the way he always has.
(c) He is kind to her.
(d) He is cruel to her.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the story "The Amish Farmer," why does Noel drive off the road in Amish country?

3. How are Sonny and the narrator related in "Sonny's Blues"?

4. Whose death prompted Sonny to start using drugs?

5. While taking a walk with his children, what does Sean's father realize he has forgotten, or is missing?

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