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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. In "A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain," Quain writes one of his books based on which of the following?
(a) Mathematical construction.
(b) The migration of snowy egrets.
(c) Geology.
(d) More adventures for Sherlock Holmes.

2. In "The Zahir," what is his lover's sister obsessed with?
(a) A Blue Tiger.
(b) Hats.
(c) A coin.
(d) Clouds.

3. In "A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874)," what is the name of the fugitive Tadeo pursues?
(a) Martin Fierro.
(b) In a Borges existential twist, he is pursuing himself.
(c) The Man With No Name.
(d) Geronimo.

4. In "The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro," who convinces Tom to create a fake identity?
(a) Lady Tichbourne.
(b) Lady Tichbourne's son.
(c) Ebenezer Bogle.
(d) Tom gets the idea himself.

5. In "Funes, His Memory," what does the narrator lend Funes?
(a) A book believed to be written by John Milton.
(b) A book on ornithology.
(c) A magnifying glass.
(d) Some Latin books.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Wait," why does Senor Villari only go out at night?

2. In "Pierre Menard, Author of Quixote," Menard wishes to do what?

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

4. In "The Man on the Threshold," how is the story the narrator hears relevant?

5. "The Lottery in Babylon" deals most closely with which theme?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Immortal," what is the result of immortality?

2. In "The Man on the Threshold," why do the people pretend that they do not know what happened to Glencairn when the investigator asks them?

3. In "The Widow Ching--Pirate," Ching becomes a pirate, but does she have any virtuous qualities, even in this criminal profession?

4. In "The Aleph," what is the narrator's attitude toward Carlos Argentino?

5. Describe the significance in "The Shape of the Sword," of the last lines: "I denounced the man who protected me: I am Vincent Moon. Now despise me."

6. In "Pierre Menard, Author of Quixote," Menard wants to rewrite Cervantes' novel word for word. Why does he want to pursue such an exercise in seeming futility?

7. In "Monk Eastman Purveyor of Iniquities," what first stops Monk's criminal life of violence, and then what allows him to continue this violence in a new form?

8. In "The Lottery in Babylon," what could the lottery symbolize?

9. In "The Zahir," what is a possible reason for the narrator becoming obsessed with the coin?

10. How can the story "Tlon, Uqbar, and Orbis Tertius" best be described?

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