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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 which of the following New York City boroughs did Sonny grow up?
(a) Bronx.
(b) Manhattan.
(c) Staten Island.
(d) Queens.

2. What is the name of the man with whom Willi's mother has sexual relations?
(a) Medig.
(b) Ledig.
(c) Wedig.
(d) Fedig.

3. Why does Noel pick a fight with Daniel in the story, "The Amish Farmer"?
(a) Because Daniel stole Noel's wallet.
(b) Because Noel thought Daniel was being aggressive.
(c) Because Daniel was spying on Noel's family while they dressed.
(d) Because Noel's wife and Daniel are having an affair.

4. What is the name of Emily's daughter in the story "Talk of Heroes"?
(a) Dahlia.
(b) Sandra.
(c) Janice.
(d) Elizabeth.

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 fed only the best foods.
(c) She is dressed in royal clothing.
(d) She is an avid reader of fairy tales.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the story "Willi," where does Willi live?

3. Which of the following food items does Louise eat in front of her husband as an act of defiance?

4. Who stands up for Willi Varig when he is too drunk to address the audience at the convention he had been hired to speak at?

5. How does Louise's husband treat her when she begins to gain weight during pregnancy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What is Sean's married life like?

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

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

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

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

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