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

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

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

4. What was Sarah doing at the time she disappeared?
(a) Hiking.
(b) Rock climbing.
(c) Swimming.
(d) Hunting.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Louise's husband do for a living?

2. What prompts the gypsy man to raise his head and shout a war cry in the story, "The Fisherman from Chihuahua"?

3. How long does Mrs. Webster work for Carlyle before he notes a distinct change in his life?

4. Who died, prompting the narrator to contact Sonny?

5. As an adult, which of the following facts about Sean is NOT true?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Sonny blame his heroin addiction on?

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

5. What types of authors did Jenks and Carver seek to publish in this short story collection?

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

7. What type of relationship do George and Lenore have in the story "Weekend"?

8. 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?

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

10. What type of relationship does George have with his ex-students?

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