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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. How does the monkey die in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?
(a) It is poisoned by the crew.
(b) It leaps overboard and drowns.
(c) The captain strangles it.
(d) It dies from old age aboard the ship.

2. What instrument does Jack learn to play as a way of coping with his brother's death?
(a) The piano.
(b) The violin.
(c) The clarinet.
(d) The French horn.

3. What does Leo Finkle hire Pinye Salzman to help him do?
(a) Investigate a crime.
(b) Find a wife.
(c) Find a job.
(d) Build a house.

4. In "The Christian Roommates," which of the following facts about Henry is NOT true in the story?
(a) He is an artist with a spinning wheel.
(b) He is a mediocre student.
(c) He is an atheist.
(d) He is a vegetarian.

5. In the story "The Liar," in what country does James say he works with young children?
(a) Slovenia.
(b) Tibet.
(c) Ethiopia.
(d) Hungary.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following people punches Ozzy in the nose in the story "Conversation of the Jews"?

2. From what country is "The General" in the story "Redemption?

3. What question does the young man ask the older woman at the doctor's office at the end of "The Story of a Scar"?

4. What does Norma Jean do, that gives the reader hope that she and Leroy may mend their relationship and end up together?

5. Who does the narrator of the story "Dream Children" claim to meet with during her times of travel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gil make his way to Galven's house in the story "Ile's Forest," and what is his greeting there?

2. How does a monkey end up aboard ship in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?

3. What happens when the monkey goes wild aboard the ship in the story "Letters from the Samantha"?

4. Why don't roommates Henry and Osmond get along in the story "The Christian Roommates"?

5. How is the narrator viewed by the townsfolk in the story "Dream Children"?

6. Why does the rabbi call the young boys "Murderers!" in the story of the same name?

7. Why doesn't the grandmother want to go on vacation with her family in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

8. What instrument does Jack Hawthorne learn to play in the story "Redemption," and why?

9. In the story "The Misfits," how does Gay Langland feel about relationships?

10. Why did Sam's ex-wives walk out on him in the story "The Wedding"?

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