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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 robbing a bank.
(b) For punching a mobster.
(c) For stealing a car.
(d) For writing bad checks.

2. Which of the following weapons does Daniel use to intimidate Noel after their altercation?
(a) A candlestick.
(b) A rope.
(c) A wrench.
(d) A knife.

3. In the story "Willi," where does Willi live?
(a) In a village.
(b) In a large city.
(c) In a town.
(d) On a farm.

4. How do the school children respond to John Williams when he joins their school?
(a) They ignore him.
(b) They hate him.
(c) They fear him.
(d) They adore him.

5. How many people's lives did Willi help save thanks to his heroic efforts in WWII?
(a) 33 people's lives.
(b) 23 people's lives.
(c) 3 people's lives.
(d) 13 people's lives.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Noel pick a fight with Daniel in the story, "The Amish Farmer"?

2. Which of the following best describes the genre of the stories the editors chose for this collection?

3. If Sonny could choose any of the following occupations for himself, which would he choose?

4. What is the name of Sean's sister?

5. What is George's wife's name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What reason does Raymond Carver give about why he wanted to compose this collection of short stories?

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

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