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

2. 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.

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

4. In "The Man on the Threshold," how is the story the narrator hears relevant?
(a) The narrator discovers he is out of his jurisdiction.
(b) The narrator discovers an important family secret.
(c) The past event exactly mirrors the fate of the judge.
(d) The story informs the narrator that the disappearance of the judge is just a hoax.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Ibn-Hakam-Al Bokhari, Murdered in his Labyrinth," after killing his cousin, where does the protagonist sail?

2. In "The Aleph," where is the Aleph located?

3. In "The End," what instrument does the black man play outside Recabarren's bar?

4. In "The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths," whom does the King of Babylon imprison in a labyrinth?

5. In "The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero," what does the historian, Ryan, do when he discovers the truth behind the assassination?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Three Versions of Judas," what are the three ways Runeberg portrays Judas?

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

3. In "The Wait," what does Villari do when his assassins actually show up? Why does he do this?

4. What does "Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden" say about the nature of human identity?

5. In "A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874)," what makes Tadeo decide to fight for Martin Fierro, the man he pursues?

6. In "The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero," why does Kilpatrick participate in his own assassination?

7. 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?

8. In "Death and the Compass," how does Scharlach defeat Lonnrot?

9. In "Emma Zunz," how does Emma exact revenge on Lowenthal for her father's death?

10. 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?

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