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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) In a car.
(b) On horseback.
(c) On a bicycle.
(d) On foot.

2. Who is the co-editor of this collection along with Tom Jenks?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Raymond Carver.
(c) John Steinbeck.
(d) Junot Diaz.

3. In "Verona," how does the mother in the story react when she sees her husband feeding birds with their daughter?
(a) She is jealous.
(b) She is confused.
(c) She is pleased.
(d) She is apathetic.

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

5. In the story "Sonny's Blues," what does the narrator do for a living?
(a) He is a teacher.
(b) He is unemployed.
(c) He is an artist.
(d) He is a lawyer.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Sean at the opening of "Midair"?

2. Which of the following alcoholic beverages is Sonny's drink of choice?

3. Which of the following elements is NOT true about Sean's childhood memory of his father?

4. What act of affection do Lewis and Arty share before Arty leaves his father alone in the hospital?

5. What school subject does Vance teach in the story "The Amish Farmer"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sonny blame his heroin addiction on?

2. What type of relationship does Carlyle form with Mrs. Webster in the story "Fever"?

3. How does Eileen react to the news of Carlyle's illness in the story "Fever"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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