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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. Why does Jocelyn repeatedly yell at Khe Sahn in "Season's Greetings..."?
(a) She is always angry at Khe Sahn.
(b) She despises Khe Sahn.
(c) She believes Khe Sahn is hard of hearing.
(d) She believes it will help her understand English better.

2. In "Season's Greetings", what television show does Khe Sahn learn most of her English from?
(a) American Idol
(b) MTV Cribs
(c) One Life to Live
(d) Sesame Street

3. Who is the narrator in "After Malison"?
(a) Anastasia
(b) Malison
(c) Professor Brouner
(d) Bethany

4. Why is the author uncomfortable washing the blinds in the bathroom with G.L. in "The Curly Kind"?
(a) The cleaning chemicals will make G.L. sick.
(b) The bathroom is extremely small.
(c) G.L. is watching television.
(d) G.L. is naked.

5. Why does Marty have Vicki's cat put to sleep in "Jamboree"?
(a) He does not think he can love the cat as much as his baby.
(b) He hates cats.
(c) He believes the cat will kill his newborn baby.
(d) He is allergic to cats.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Khe Sahn in "Season's Greetings..."?

2. Where did Malison grow up in "After Malison"?

3. According to the narrator, what type of adults most often visit Santa in "Santaland Diaries"?

4. Who is Timothy Speaks in "Season's Greetings..."?

5. Who is the narrator of "Barrel Fever"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author feel about adults who dress in costumes for their jobs in "Santaland Diaries"? How does he believe he will be different if he is hired as one of Santa's elves?

2. What disgusts the narrator of "After Malison" the most during his master's writing seminar?

3. Describe Kyle Dunbar in "Season's Greetings to Our Family and Friends".

4. Describe Marty Jr.'s appearance in "Jamboree".

5. Describe the narrator's elf costume in "Santaland Diaries".

6. Describe Santa Santa in "Santaland Diaries".

7. What do IV and PCD stand for in "Barrel Fever"? What is the significance of these acronyms for the narrator?

8. What connection do the elves working at Santa Land have with "One Life to Live" in "Santaland Diaries"?

9. Describe the scene in Macy's on Christmas Eve in "Santaland Diaries".

10. How does the narrator of "Barrel Fever" feel about the word "nice"? Why does he feel this way?

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