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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is the character Bill Pilgrim different from Joe Crone?
(a) Bill Pilgrim is shy and sad, while Joe Crone is an enthusiastic extrovert.
(b) Bill Pilgrim commits suicide, while Joe Crone become a doctor.
(c) Joe Crone starves himself to death, while Bill Pilgrim returns home to become an optometrist.
(d) They are from different cities in the United States.

2. Who is the model for Vonnegut's Bill Pilgrim in SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE?
(a) Jack Spratt.
(b) Jane Seymour.
(c) Bishop Moore.
(d) Joe Crone.

3. What does Vonnegut say happens to American literary history, that "generations" of writers are separated by less than twenty years?
(a) There are more writers.
(b) They are very young.
(c) They have been so foreshortened.
(d) There are more people being born.

4. The gestation period of 'possums is twelve days and Indian elephants twenty-two months. What does the author believe is the gestation period for American liberty?
(a) 10 years.
(b) 200 years.
(c) 20 years.
(d) 100 years.

5. What does Vonnegut assert is often Hemingway's male characters' greatest reward?
(a) Males feeling love for one another in proximity to danger.
(b) Becoming enlightened.
(c) Winning the heart of a woman.
(d) Winning a battle.

6. How are Vonnegut and Elie Wiesel the same?
(a) They share a German surname.
(b) They both have pet dogs.
(c) They are cousins.
(d) They are both Jewish.

7. Vonnegut believes that the goal in the U.S. is only to train intelligent, well-educated people to do what?
(a) Speak slowly and carefully.
(b) Speak cautiously and quietly.
(c) Speak stupidly and gain popularity.
(d) Speak rudely and arrogantly.

8. Why did Jane Cox's relatives question her marriage to Vonnegut?
(a) They worry about her getting mixed up with Germans.
(b) They think she is too young to marry.
(c) They do not trust Vonnegut.
(d) They think she is not healthy enough to marry.

9. What does Vonnegut's degree in anthropology teach him about villains?
(a) The "villains" are culture, society, and history, not drugs.
(b) The "villains" are art, music, and dance, not culture.
(c) The "villains" are drugs, sex, and rock and roll.
(d) The "villains" are drugs, theft, and rape, not society.

10. Why does Vonnegut like to write pieces for Architectural Digest?
(a) He loves architecture.
(b) As a tribute to his son, Mark.
(c) He is an architect.
(d) As a tribute to his father and grandfather.

11. In his letter to the future, what does Vonnegut say today's rulers are doing to Nature's stern but reasonable surrender terms?
(a) Conserving energy.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Limiting waste.
(d) Working towards a peacable agreement.

12. What is Vonnegut's opinion of Charlton Heston's commercials advocating that civilians keep military weapons?
(a) He would like to be able to join Heston in the commercials.
(b) Vonnegut believes military weapons, like loathsome germs, kill people every day and does not approve of the commercials.
(c) He finds them to be entertaining.
(d) Vonnegut sees nothing wrong with encouraging the general public to carry military weapons.

13. In what year does the author's father die?
(a) 1947.
(b) 1857.
(c) 1957.
(d) 1977.

14. Why is Vonnegut drawn to the text?
(a) Vonnegut does would like to know the meaning of the Requiem, but does not understand Latin.
(b) The composer has made several grammatical mistakes in the English text.
(c) It is an English translation that, to Vonnegut, speaks of sadism and masochism.
(d) The English translation, to Vonnegut, is beautiful, and a work of genius.

15. What is the date of Vonnegut's requiem's premier?
(a) October 13, 1988.
(b) October 13, 1998.
(c) March 13, 1988.
(d) March 13, 1998.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Vonnegut first meet O'Hare?

2. Why does Vonnegut become cranky when hearing his requiem performed?

3. What are heavy among the writers Vonnegut cares about?

4. What does Vonnegut tell 1990 graduates of the University of Rhode Island?

5. Dr. Nancy Andreassen finds that people in what profession tend to be depressive or come from depressive families more often than in the general public?

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