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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. In the story "Sonny's Blues," in which branch of the armed forces did the narrator serve?
(a) The Air Force.
(b) The Navy.
(c) The Marines.
(d) The Army.

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

3. In the story the writer is composing in the tale "1/3, 1/3, 1/3," with whom does the lead character fall in love?
(a) A lawyer.
(b) A waitress.
(c) A convict.
(d) A princess.

4. To what does the narrator in the story "1/3, 1/3, 1/3" compare his neighbor, the poor woman?
(a) To a stone.
(b) To a child.
(c) To a flower.
(d) To a dog.

5. Which of the following best describes the genre of the stories the editors chose for this collection?
(a) Fantasy.
(b) Realism.
(c) Science-fiction.
(d) Satire.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom does Willi accidentally witness his mother having an affair?

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

3. Which of the following adjectives would Sean use to describe his work life?

4. In the story "Fever," what is Carlyle's relationship status?

5. In the story "Weekend," what did George do for a living before retiring?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Earl's first impression of the town Rock Springs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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