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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "August 25, 1983," what is the young Borges told?
(a) The time of his death.
(b) He has never been a writer.
(c) He will write his great book.
(d) He has committed blasphemy.

2. In "Brodie's Report," who are the Yahoos?
(a) People who are overly enthusiastic.
(b) Borges's pet name for his extended family.
(c) A society of scholars who study Swift..
(d) A type of wild man living in the forset among the ape men.

3. In "The Bribe," what does Professor Einarrson write?
(a) An analysis of Wordsworth.
(b) A fawning tribute to Dr. Winthrop.
(c) A letter that is in direct opposition to Dr. Winthrop's views.
(d) A lone volume of an encyclopedia.

4. In "The Rose of Paracelsus," what does the young man want Paracelsus to do?
(a) Burn a rose and then recreate it.
(b) Turn a rose into gold.
(c) Simply appreciate the beauty of a rose.
(d) Turn one rose into a thousand.

5. In "Shakespeare's Memory," what do Shakespeare's memories do for Hermann?
(a) Give him some very small success, but mostly overwhelm him.
(b) Allow him to become the reigning poet of the earth.
(c) Make him realize Shakespeare's inadequacy, and how Shakespeare had somehow duped countless millions into believing in his greatness.
(d) Make him catatonic.

6. In "In Memoriam, JFK," JFK's assassination is similar to what event?
(a) The exact same event on an alternate planet.
(b) The details of an O'Henry short story.
(c) The murder of the President of Uruguay in 1897.
(d) An assassination that occurs in a mirror in a labyrinth.

7. In "The Ethnographer," what does Fred Murdock do with the secret he learns from the Indians?
(a) He sells it to the professor.
(b) He never learns the secret.
(c) He publishes an acclaimed book about it.
(d) He refuses to write about it.

8. In "The Yellow Rose," what does Marino FINALLY think about his poetry?
(a) His poetry is adequate, but not great, and he should become a lawyer.
(b) His poetry is greater than the actual world.
(c) He has written the greatest poem on roses ever to exist.
(d) His poetry can never reflect the reality of the rose.

9. In "Borges and I," who are the two characters?
(a) Borges and Edgar Allan Poe.
(b) Borges and his character John Vincent Moon.
(c) Borges the writer, and the personal Borges.
(d) Borges and an unknown narrator.

10. In "Dreamtigers," the protagonist can see only little tigers, what kind does he want to see?
(a) Tigers with mirrors around their necks.
(b) He doesn't want to see any tigers.
(c) The Siberian tiger.
(d) Supernatural tigers.

11. "Brodie's Report" can best be described as which of the following?
(a) A critique of Islam.
(b) An explication of Swift's "Gulliver's Travels."
(c) An auto-biographical short story based on Borges's family.
(d) A satire on civilization.

12. In "Ulrikke," what happens between the narrator and Ulrikke?
(a) They switch identities.
(b) They casually sleep together.
(c) They have a brutal knife fight.
(d) The narrator pursues her around the world.

13. In "Avelino Arredondo," whom does Avelino murder?
(a) A rival in love.
(b) The Uruguayan President, Juan Borda.
(c) A heretic.
(d) His wife.

14. In "The Disk," what god is associated with the disk?
(a) Isis.
(b) Vishnu.
(c) Odin.
(d) Thor.

15. In "A Weary Man's Utopia," in what language does the narrator speak to the man from the future?
(a) Spanish.
(b) Latin.
(c) Russian.
(d) English.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Parable of the Palace," why does the Emperor execute the poet?

2. In "Parable of Cervantes and Don Quixote," Cervantes can best be described as which of the following?

3. In "Legend," what does Abel do to Cain?

4. In "A Weary Man's Utopia," how old is the man from the future?

5. What does the narrator hypothesize is the cause of the fight in "The Encounter"?

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