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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of Louise's college roommate?
(a) Carrie.
(b) Mary.
(c) Dolly.
(d) Holly.

2. What does Carlyle do for a living?
(a) He is a teacher.
(b) He is a dentist.
(c) He is a lawyer.
(d) He is a taxi driver.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many stories are included in this collection?

2. How are Earl and Edna related?

3. What was Sarah doing at the time she disappeared?

4. Which of the following examples is NOT a way that Push attempts to show dominance over John Williams?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Arty react in the story "The Bystander" when his father is committed to a mental institution?

2. Why does Lenore comfort George at the end of the story "Weekend"?

3. Why has Earl taken to the road in "Rock Springs" and who does he take with him?

4. What arrangement is struck-up between the three destitute characters in the story "1/3, 1/3, 1/3"?

5. Why does Daniel aggressively attack Noel in the story "The Amish Farmer"?

6. What is Earl's first impression of the town Rock Springs?

7. What prompts the narrator in "Sonny's Blues" to reach out to his incarcerated brother?

8. What reaction does the narrator have when watching Sonny play his music in the story "Sonny's Blues"?

9. What is Carlyle's life like at the opening of the story "Fever"?

10. What is Sean's married life like?

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