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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. How are Earl and Edna related?
(a) Edna is Earl's mother.
(b) Edna is Earl's cousin.
(c) Edna is Earl's sister.
(d) Edna is Earl's girlfriend.

2. What story element is Vance trying to explain through his retelling of "The Amish Farmer"?
(a) Point-of-view narration.
(b) Character arc.
(c) Climactic conflict.
(d) Rising action suspense.

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

4. In what year was the latest story in this collection published?
(a) 1976.
(b) 1986.
(c) 1966.
(d) 1996.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal does Willi's father breed for a living?

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

3. Which of the following facts is NOT true of John Williams?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sonny blame his heroin addiction on?

2. What memory does Sean have of his father from when he was a 6 year old boy in the story "Midair"?

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

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

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 doesn't Push like John Williams, and what does he do about it?

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

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

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

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