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

2. What is the name of Noel's wife in the story "The Amish Farmer"?
(a) Heather.
(b) Emily.
(c) Dawn.
(d) Jane.

3. Which of the following adjectives best describes Vance's student, Katie Jay, in the story, "The Amish Farmer"?
(a) Aggressive.
(b) Apathetic.
(c) Simple-minded.
(d) Comedic.

4. What terrible weather occurred when Sarah went missing?
(a) Hail.
(b) Snow.
(c) Rain.
(d) Sleet.

5. Which of the following examples is NOT a way that Push attempts to show dominance over John Williams?
(a) He sprays graffiti about him around town.
(b) He challenges him to a fight.
(c) He makes jokes about him.
(d) He eggs his house.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the nationality of the authors in this collection?

3. Which of the following facts is true about Eugene Kraft in "A Poetic for Bullies"?

4. What reason is Pendleton given for the gypsy's disappearance from town?

5. How do the school children respond to John Williams when he joins their school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prompts the narrator in "Sonny's Blues" to reach out to his incarcerated brother?

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

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

4. How does Pendleton react to the newcomer in his restaurant in the story "The Fisherman From Chihuahua"?

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

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

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

10. Who is Push in the story "A Poetic for Bullies," and who is his sidekick?

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