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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Miller writes that British correspondents are the most vapid, with the exception of poet Lawrence Durrell and the elderly but ever enthusiastic ______.
(a) John Cowper Powys.
(b) Sir Walter Scott.
(c) Brant Brandon.
(d) William Keys.

2. Who paints Miller's portrait as he is coming out of depression following his divorce?
(a) Abraham Doner.
(b) Abraham Schwartz.
(c) Ephraim Doner.
(d) Chaim Doner.

3. A Basque girl visits Miller, freezing and starving, to ask his views on who?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Hitler.
(c) Kant.
(d) Einstein.

4. According to Miller, the Western home is a _____.
(a) Purgatory.
(b) Sanctuary.
(c) Battlefield.
(d) Heaven.

5. Miller writes that Jews and _____ are America's only truly selfless givers.
(a) Blacks.
(b) Indians.
(c) Arabs.
(d) Goys.

6. One tourist visits Miller to spend hours looking through his what?
(a) Poems.
(b) Oil paintings.
(c) Books.
(d) Watercolors.

7. Miller writes in Part 2, "Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri," Chapter 7 that Americans worship _____ and tell others that they do not know how to live.
(a) Materialism.
(b) Abundance.
(c) Oil.
(d) Capitalism.

8. What denomination of preacher is Miller's favorite bootblack in Monterey?
(a) Methodist.
(b) Baptist.
(c) Presbyterian.
(d) Pentecostal.

9. Where does Miller send Chama when he runs out of stories in an urban setting?
(a) Brazil.
(b) New Mexico.
(c) Paris.
(d) Italy.

10. Who is Miller's brother-in-law in Jerusalem?
(a) Gordon Lifshitz.
(b) Lilik Schatz.
(c) Lilik Leys.
(d) Geoff Schatz.

11. Miller recalls being disciplined (thrashed) by his father how many times?
(a) Once.
(b) Dozens of times.
(c) Twice.
(d) Three times.

12. Who is the author of The Stranger in Big Sur?
(a) Jack Kerouac.
(b) Jean-Paul Sartre.
(c) Henry Miller.
(d) Lillian Bos Ross.

13. Who is the author of The Thirteen Crucified Saviours?
(a) Sir Godfrey Higgins.
(b) Jean Wharton.
(c) Emil White.
(d) James Conrad.

14. Miller writes that Big Sur feels naked and vulnerable, an apt setting for what?
(a) Melodramas.
(b) Roman tragedies.
(c) Shakespearean tragedies.
(d) Greek tragedies.

15. All of the animals and plants in Bosch's paintings share a magic _____.
(a) Beauty.
(b) Super-reality.
(c) Tranquility.
(d) Imagery.

Short Answer Questions

1. Miller writes that "one must find new ways of looking at things to see ______ undiminished by creation's flaws."

2. What is the colony of artists referred to at Big Sur in Part 2, "Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri," Chapter 2?

3. Who gives outdoor piano concerts to ward off poverty at Big Sur?

4. Where does the Basque girl go after leaving Big Sur?

5. What lessens the idealism of Big Sur as a place for Miller to write?

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