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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. When Sarah goes missing in the story "Weekend," how does Julie search for her?
(a) On foot.
(b) In a car.
(c) On a bicycle.
(d) On horseback.

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

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

4. Why has Emily's daughter come to stay with her?
(a) Because she lost her job.
(b) Because she has fallen ill.
(c) Because she split up from her husband.
(d) Because she was recenly released from prison.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story "Rock Springs," why does Earl find himself on the run?

2. What does Carlyle do for a living?

3. What does Lewis ask Arty to be sure his aunt won't sell while Lewis is locked away?

4. What is the name of Noel's wife in the story "The Amish Farmer"?

5. In the story, "The Fisherman From Chihuahua," what type of business does Pendleton own?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Push in the story "A Poetic for Bullies," and who is his sidekick?

2. What part about Arty's life made him feel like a "Bystander"?

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

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

5. How does Louise's husband react when Louise gains weight during her pregnancy?

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

8. What happens when Sean is trapped in an elevator in the story "Midair"?

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

10. What type of relationship does Louise have with her mother in the story "The Fat Girl"?

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