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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 title of Chapter 4?
(a) "Vice-president in Charge of Volcanoes."
(b) "End of the World Delight."
(c) "A Tentative Tangling of Tendrils."
(d) "Protein."

2. Who is the poet that John let stay in his apartment while he was in Ilium in Chapter 36?
(a) George Minor Moakely.
(b) Lyman Enders Knowles.
(c) Marvin Holderness.
(d) Sherman Krebbs.

3. When was Bokonon born?
(a) 1891.
(b) 1912.
(c) 1932.
(d) 1925.

4. What is the title of Chapter 21?
(a) "Vice-president in Charge of Volcanoes."
(b) "End of the World Delight."
(c) "The Marines March On."
(d) "No More Mud."

5. What is the term used for a Bokononist poem?
(a) "Calandra."
(b) "Calypso."
(c) "Psalm."
(d) "Epoch."

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Dr. Breed describe the man being hung that had killed 26 people in Chapter 13?

2. What business did Emily Hoenikker's father own?

3. What is the name of the book that was given to Dr. Felix Hoenikker from a man in prison about the end of the world?

4. How old was Angela Hoenikker when her mother died?

5. What is the first sentence in The Books of Bokonon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the stone angel monument at the sales room in Ilium?

2. Describe the narrative style of Cat's Cradle. Why do you think the author employs this style?

3. How does the narrator describe San Lorenzo's attempt at communism in the narrative?

4. What statements does the author make about nihilism in Chapter 36?

5. How is Miss Pefko characterized in the novel?

6. What are the Bokononist warnings that the narrator relates to the reader in Chapter 4?

7. What irony is revealed in Dr. Breed's assessments of Ilium's history in Chapter 13?

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

9. What is meant by Mrs. Minton's remarks on indexing in Chapter 55?

10. How does Newt Hoenikker describe his interaction with his father on the day the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima?

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