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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Arturo's memories of hotel guests are connected with:
(a) His concern over where they have ended up
(b) His close friendships with them
(c) His love for people
(d) Whether or not they have read The Little Dog Laughed

2. The waitress responds to Arturo's criticism of her shoes by telling him:
(a) She hates him and hopes he dies of heart failure
(b) She throws coffee at him
(c) She hates him and wishes he would go back to Colorado
(d) She promises to get better shoes

3. Arturo visits a prostitute in Chapter 2. He considers her:
(a) Filthy, but cleaner than him
(b) Intelligent
(c) Moral
(d) Fearless

4. What is it about Arturo's apartment that is perfect, as described to Camilla?
(a) It is quiet and perfect for writing
(b) They do not allow Mexicans
(c) He has a lot of friends in the hotel
(d) His room opens up to ground level

5. Arturo Bandini grew up in:
(a) Alta Loma, California
(b) Juarez, Mexico
(c) Boulder, Colorado
(d) Bunker Hill distrct of LA

6. As a child, Arturo responded to racial slurs by:
(a) Withdrawing into books
(b) Joining a gang
(c) Taking on a tough facade
(d) Learning how to give them back

7. Arturo's only purchase at the restaurant has been:
(a) Milk
(b) Coffee
(c) Tea
(d) Bourbon

8. Instead of leaving the hotel for good, Arturo decides to:
(a) Take an afternoon nap
(b) Write a letter to his editor
(c) Take a walk and get some coffee
(d) Work on his writing

9. The milk Arturo steals turns out to be:
(a) Sour
(b) Buttermilk
(c) Fresh
(d) Cream

10. The ride Arturo and Sammy take in Camilla's car is:
(a) Wreckless and dangerous
(b) Sentimental
(c) Loud and bumpy
(d) Pleasant and smooth

11. Arturo inscribes his story to Mrs. Hargraves:
(a) In flowery language
(b) As a professional author
(c) With love to her
(d) In poetry

12. Arturo is considering leaving LA because he cannot pay his rent, but his current, most pressing problem is:
(a) Alcohol
(b) Loneliness
(c) Hunger
(d) Writer's block

13. Camilla has a professional name because:
(a) She is a fugitive
(b) She plans to become an actress
(c) She is not satisifed with Lopez
(d) She is an illegal alien

14. One of the ways Arturo helps himself bolster his self-esteem is by:
(a) Re-reading The Little Dog Laughed
(b) Feeling superior to Mr. Hargraves
(c) Looking at himself in the mirror for long periods
(d) Writing long letters to his mother

15. Arturo vacillates between:
(a) Feeling sorry for himself, and praising himself
(b) Hunger and satiety
(c) Being tired and being wide awake
(d) Being a writer or a salesman

Short Answer Questions

1. Many people have come to California because of:

2. Arturo immediately identifies an aspect of Camilla that he can criticize, which is:

3. Hellfrick claims to be:

4. Arturo remembers people like these who called him:

5. The Alta Loma Hotel is in L.A's:

(see the answer keys)

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