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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Thematically, "Pierre Menard, Author of Quixote" deals most closely with which of the following?
(a) The evils of plagiarism.
(b) The nature of literary criticism and the issues surrounding interpretation.
(c) The inferiority of the novel as an art form.
(d) Borges's thinly disguised self-hatred.

2. In "Averroes' Search," what happens to Averroes at the end?
(a) He condemns Aristotle as a "savage."
(b) He converts to Judaism.
(c) He looks into a mirror and disappears.
(d) He drowns.

3. In "The Lottery in Babylon," which of these best describes what is drawn for in the lottery?
(a) Various books, from the simplest mechanical manuals to the highest book, one purported to teach its reader how to become immortal.
(b) Cash prizes.
(c) A new spouse.
(d) Anything from a new occupation to jail or even death.

4. In "Hakim, the Masked Dyer of Merv," Hakim is revealed to have what disease?
(a) Tuberculosis.
(b) Skin cancer.
(c) Leprosy.
(d) He has no disease.

5. In "The Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden," who is Droctulft?
(a) A barbarian who battles Rome to his dying day.
(b) A barbarian who, at first, strangely defends Rome, but comes to his senses, and attacks it.
(c) A barbarian who continually runs from battle with Rome.
(d) A barbarian who once attacked the Roman Empire, and then defends it.

6. In "A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain," what work of Quain's is actually successful?
(a) "April March."
(b) "Herbert Quain: Autobiography in Verse."
(c) "Lo, lo, the Westward Crowd."
(d) "The Lament of Euripides."

7. In "The South," where does Dahlmann go after he recovers from an illness?
(a) Mexico City.
(b) His ranch house.
(c) The United States.
(d) Peru.

8. In "The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro," how does Tom make a living after he gets out of jail?
(a) He gives speeches to audiences arguing either that he is innocent or guilty.
(b) He writes a bestselling book on how to impersonate.
(c) He sells rare coins.
(d) Having learned the law from his trial, he becomes a lawyer.

9. In "The Writing of God," what happens to Tzinacan?
(a) He is attacked by the wild animal next to him, and is killed.
(b) He achieves unity with the Divine and happily remains imprisoned.
(c) He achieves unity with the Divine and destroys his prison.
(d) He tunnels his way out of his cell.

10. In "The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths," whom does the King of Babylon imprison in a labyrinth?
(a) The King of England.
(b) His manservant.
(c) The King of Arabia.
(d) A notorious murderer.

11. In "The Circular Ruins," what does the sorcerer do in his dreams?
(a) Meets the most beautiful woman alive.
(b) Turns into an eagle.
(c) Creates a man.
(d) Rules the world.

12. In "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," what is Tlon?
(a) A genius servant, who fools others by pretending to be a simpleton.
(b) A fictitious planet described in a mysterious encyclopedia volume.
(c) The narrator's term for deja vu.
(d) A food that bestows immortality on those who eat it.

13. In "The Immortal," the troglodyte who recites poetry to Marcus is what writer?
(a) Euripides.
(b) Homer.
(c) Ovid.
(d) Sophocles.

14. In "Mahomed's Double," what happens when the Muslims see a vision of Mohamed?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Their eyes melt.
(c) They fall into trances.
(d) They instantly know the path to salvation.

15. In "The Writing of God," what animal is jailed next to Tzinacan?
(a) A serpent.
(b) A monkey.
(c) A jaguar.
(d) A parrot.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," who first finds an article about Uqbar?

2. In "The Secret Miracle," how is Hladik eventually killed?

3. In "The Zahir," how does the narrator rid himself of the coin?

4. In "The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths," what happens to the imprisoned King of Babylon?

5. In "The Shape of the Sword," what is the defining physical characteristic of John Vincent Moon?

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