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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. What is the name of the firm where Annie's father works?
(a) American Values.
(b) American Refuge.
(c) American Apparel.
(d) American Standard.

2. When Annie is fixated on the war, what does she look up into the sky, searching for?
(a) Airplanes.
(b) Bombs.
(c) Parachuters.
(d) Omens.

3. Which of the following items does Annie describe in depth after the disaster strikes her neighborhood?
(a) The power lines.
(b) The sidwalks.
(c) The trees.
(d) The rivers.

4. What ethnicity are the Sheehys?
(a) Irish.
(b) Spanish.
(c) Scottish.
(d) English.

5. Whose rights does Mother spend her lifetime fighting for?
(a) The rights of illegal immigrants.
(b) Women's rights.
(c) The rights of the poor.
(d) The rights of African-Americans.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following best describes Pittsburgh when it first sprung up as a settlement?

2. Which of the following men does Annie fear through her childhood, comparing him to a raven that scattered curses?

3. How tall is Annie's father?

4. During which month of the year did Hitler die?

5. Which book by Robert Lewis Stevenson is Annie reading when her father announces he will be taking a trip down the Mississippi?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Annie Dillard describe Pittsburgh in the 18th century?

2. What is Father's role in the film "Night of the Living Dead"?

3. How does Annie perform when she plays baseball with the boys?

4. Why isn't Annie allowed to play with the Sheehy children?

5. How does Annie feel about the boys she takes dance lessons with in school?

6. As she is drawing, what realization does Annie come to about the way children view the world?

7. What is Oma's greatest desire for her family?

8. How does Annie feel about the Catholic religion as a child?

9. How does Annie react to each of her sisters when they were born?

10. What realizations about consciousness does Annie Dillard make while struggling with bouts of insomnia as a child?

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