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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 family's name who keeps watch over the octogenarian from the sulfur baths?
(a) Eames.
(b) White.
(c) Wharton.
(d) Dodson.

2. Miller writes in Part 1, "The Oranges of the Millennium," that he who comes to Big Sur must come with capable hands, a strong heart, and a sense of humor, and expect no _______.
(a) Help from neighbors.
(b) Things to come easy.
(c) Modern amenities.
(d) Monetary gain.

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

4. When had Miller and Doner met in France?
(a) 1931/32.
(b) 1935/36.
(c) 1941/42.
(d) 1925/26.

5. Who begins a yearlong yarn about a superman-like character named Inch Connecticut?
(a) Henry Miller.
(b) Ralph.
(c) Paul Rink.
(d) Conrad Moricand.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which child is a Miller favorite, gentle, silent, and thankful for everything, probably a result of the torments he has endured having birth defects corrected?

2. Who is Miller's favorite bootblack in Monterey?

3. Who penned The Keys to the Apocalypse?

4. Who is the author of The Thirteen Crucified Saviours?

5. From whom does Miller learn much about painting, including having fun?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the eccentricities of "The Anderson Creek Gang," which Miller describes in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 2?

2. Who is Miller's favorite local painter at Big Sur? In what ways does Miller work to improve his own work?

3. How does Miller describe Ephraim Doner in "Testimonial in Ut-Mineur"?

4. What does Miller attest is the principle problem with the people of Big Sur? What comparison does Miller make to classical tragedies?

5. What does Miller write of Dianetics in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 9? What is Dianetics?

6. Miller compares Wharton's need to help others with the United States in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 7. How?

7. How does Miller stay in touch with the outside world, according to his depiction in Part 1, The Oranges of the Millennium?

8. Who helps Miller with his children following his divorce from Janina? What is the outcome?

9. What is "The Charma Serial" about?

10. What artists and writers does Miller describe living within the Big Sur community in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 2? How do they support themselves?

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