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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 the "mail-order muscle-builder" who "vulgarized" the term "Dynamic Tension," according to John in Chapter 47?
(a) George Moakely.
(b) Charles Atlas.
(c) William Cabes.
(d) Ron Walters.

2. Where was Bokonon born?
(a) Tobago.
(b) Mexico.
(c) Haiti.
(d) Jamaica.

3. What is the married name of Newt's sister, as revealed in his letter in Chapter 5?
(a) Mrs. Newton B. Anderson.
(b) Mrs. Harrison C. Conners.
(c) Mrs. J. Smith Beacon.
(d) Mrs. Quincy Rudolph.

4. What is the title of Chapter 29?
(a) "Gone, but Not Forgotten."
(b) "End of the World Delight."
(c) "The Marines March On."
(d) "No More Mud."

5. Where was Dr. Felix Hoenikker when he died?
(a) New York.
(b) Princeton.
(c) Cape Cod.
(d) Atlantic City.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does John go to the cemetery in Chapter 29?

2. What does Dr. Breed's secretary say "God really is" in Chapter 26?

3. On what vessel did Bokonon travel from his home island to London in 1911?

4. What is the title of Chapter 11?

5. Whom is John sent to write an article about in San Lorenzo in Chapter 40?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the literary/religious allusion in the opening of Chapter 1?

2. What information does Newt relate about his siblings in his letter in Chapter 5?

3. How is the theory of "Dynamic Tension" described in Chapter 47?

4. What symbolism can be seen in the graves of Emily and Felix Hoenikker?

5. How is Bokonon's history and arrival at San Lorenzo described in Chapter 48?

6. What is significant about Frank's action of staging bug fights in Chapter 6?

7. How does fate bring the narrator to San Lorenzo?

8. What statement do you think that Vonnegut is making in regards to politics and science in Cat's Cradle?

9. How is Miss Pefko characterized in the novel?

10. How is Dr. Felix Hoenikker's personality described in Cat's Cradle?

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