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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 21.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For Vonnegut writing books is like what?
(a) Riding a bike.
(b) Eating a peanut butter sandwich.
(c) Singing a song.
(d) Any other job.

2. How does Rita Rait become the winner of a limerick contest?
(a) She is the best limerick writer in Russia.
(b) She is married to the judge.
(c) She wins the prize left by an eccentric British millionaire for the wittiest original limerick.
(d) She creates a competition and enters her own work.

3. Why does Vonnegut feel out of intellectual step with his new neighbors in Cape Cod?
(a) He is not as wealthy as other in Cape Cod.
(b) He is a non-Anglo-Saxon.
(c) He is an Anglo-Saxon.
(d) He is not as intelligent as others in Cape Cod.

4. How does Vonnegut describe Reagan's and Bush's war experiences?
(a) One experiences warfare in sanitized movies and the other as an aviator who never has to see his victims.
(b) Neither of them had war experiences.
(c) Both had extensive experiences as members of the military.
(d) Reagan was a PFC, as was Vonnegut, and Bush was an aviator and war hero.

5. Vonnegut's 1990 article in the New York Times observes that American humorists/satirists grow to be what past a certain age?
(a) Enthusiastic optimists.
(b) Grumpy.
(c) Sarcastic old men.
(d) Intolerably unfunny pessimists.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Vonnegut compare Bush's presidential campaign?

2. Who is the author of THE KILIMANJARO DEVICE?

3. Why does the general at the ROTC inspection write down Vonnegut's name, which seems to lead to Vonnegut never rising above Private First Class?

4. Those with addiction eventually hit rock bottom. Vonnegut believes Western Civilization hit rock bottom in World War I. Unlike those with addictions who admit that their addiction is ruining their lives, how does Western Civilization react to hitting rock bottom?

5. What causes the author's mother's untreated insanity?

(see the answer key)

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