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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 prompts the gypsy man to raise his head and shout a war cry in the story, "The Fisherman from Chihuahua"?
(a) A broadcast on television news.
(b) The music on the radio.
(c) An article in the newspaper.
(d) There is no reason for his war cry.

2. Which of the following alcoholic beverages is Sonny's drink of choice?
(a) Cognac.
(b) Amaretto.
(c) Gin.
(d) Scotch.

3. In the story "Willi," where does Willi live?
(a) In a village.
(b) On a farm.
(c) In a large city.
(d) In a town.

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

5. 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 Noel thought Daniel was being aggressive.
(d) Because Daniel was spying on Noel's family while they dressed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Willi react when he hears his father beating his mother at night?

2. How much older is George than his wife?

3. Which of the following is NOT a way that Louise reacts when she begins to gain weight during her pregnancy?

4. What is the name of Sean's sister?

5. What is the name of Emily's daughter in the story "Talk of Heroes"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Willie's father react when Willi tells him what he witnessed in the barn?

2. What interesting behavior does Damaso exhibit while in town in the story "The Fisherman From Chihuahua"?

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

4. Why is Willi Varig hired to tell his story to an audience of people in the story, "Talk of Heroes"?

5. What pleasant memory does the young girl from the story "Verona" have about her father from her childhood?

6. What unfortunate site does Willi witness in the story of the same name, and how does the young boy react to what he's seen?

7. Why does Vance tell the story of "The Amish Farmer" to his high school English class?

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

9. How does Arty's father react when his son comes for a visit at the mental institution in the story "The Bystander"?

10. How does Pendleton react to the newcomer in his restaurant in the story "The Fisherman From Chihuahua"?

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