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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. Who is living in the studio and offers to help Miller take care of his children following the breakup of his marriage?
(a) Wilbur Robinson.
(b) Walter Matthews.
(c) Wilson Winslow.
(d) Walter Winslow.

2. In what year does Miller arrive in Big Sur?
(a) 1949.
(b) 1947.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1935.

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

4. Miller writes that in 19__ the U.S. tried to fix the world's problems, but had itself deteriorated.
(a) 21.
(b) 16.
(c) 14.
(d) 45.

5. What neighbor and benefactor of Miller's is trying to find herself in Part 2, "Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri," Chapter 7?
(a) Annette Rockefeller.
(b) Oden Wharton.
(c) Emily Wharton.
(d) Jean Wharton.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can improve bad painting, according to Miller?

2. Which author is a Russian at heart and cannot find a publisher for his novel, The Falling Asleep?

3. 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?

4. A Dutch visitor upbraids Miller for clearing what instead of writing?

5. Miller writes that Jews and _____ are America's only truly selfless givers.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What family lives in the center of Big Sur's community? Where in the text does Miller describe this family and others?

3. What is "The Charma Serial" about?

4. What is Harvey's affliction and what does Miller advise to him in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 1?

5. What does Miller assert as signs of the "system breaking down" in Part 1, "The Oranges of the Millennium"?

6. Miller discusses his thoughts and philosophies on painting in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 4. When did Miller begin painting and how much has he painted at this point in the book?

7. 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?

8. Miller writes commentary in Part 1, The Oranges of the Millennium, examining the American Dream. What are his major points?

9. What does Miller write of his correspondents in Part 2, Peace and Solitude: a Potpourri, Chapter 8?

10. What does Miller write of the Lopez family and their children? Who does he contrast this family with?

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