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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 New Jersey state motto?
(a) The Big Sky State.
(b) The Show-Me State.
(c) The Crossroads of America.
(d) The Garden State.

2. Where was her first overseas modeling trip?
(a) Milan, Italy.
(b) Paris, France.
(c) Madrid, Spain.
(d) London, England.

3. What does the narrator attempt to sit and write about?
(a) He tries to write about Allagash.
(b) He tries to write about the magazine.
(c) He tries to write about his brother.
(d) He tries to write about Amanda.

4. What short article, besides the French article, is the narrator assigned to fact-check?
(a) A report with new information on Elizabeth I.
(b) A report on the Audubon Society of Indiana.
(c) A report on breakthroughs in leukemia.
(d) A report on the Annual Polar Explorers Society.

5. To what famous figure does the narrator compare himself?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Jesus.
(c) Richard III.
(d) Caesar.

Short Answer Questions

1. Is the narrator depressed about his current situation?

2. What does the narrator purchase on his lunch break?

3. What kind of cigarettes does Dolly smoke?

4. How does the narrator get the girl to dance with him longer after she's said she is tired?

5. Who is The Druid?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the narrator conflicted when he learns the French piece has already gone to the typesetters?

2. What does the narrator hope for as he turns in an article that he knows is unfinished?

3. To whom is the narrator speaking at the beginning of the story?

4. Why is the narrator having difficulty fulfilling his dream of becoming a famous fiction writer?

5. What insights does the reader gain about the character when he forgets to bring Megan her soda?

6. What was Amanda's home life like when she met the narrator?

7. To what does the narrator attribute his need to belong and feel desired?

8. Why does the narrator feel he is so different from the Hasidic Jews he encounters on the train?

9. Does the narrator feel capable of understand other people's life experiences? Why or why not?

10. What began Clara Tillinghast's dislike of the narrator?

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