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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) Vonnegut arrives late to the inspection.
(b) The general thinks Vonnegut is not a good soldier.
(c) Vonnegut argues with the general.
(d) Vonnegut plays a practical joke.

2. What does Vonnegut's late grandfather, Bernard, whom Vonnegut never meets, scorn?
(a) His birthplace, Indianapolis.
(b) His grandchildren.
(c) His high school, Warren Central.
(d) His son, Kurt Vonnegut Sr..

3. Where does Vonnegut attempt to get his own requiem mass translated into Latin but is denied?
(a) NYU.
(b) Columbia.
(c) Fordham.
(d) SUNY Purchase.

4. For what does the traditional requiem ask?
(a) Sinners to be damned to Hell for all eternity.
(b) A heaven filled with angels playing harps.
(c) Eternal rest for the dead, where God's light perpetually shines on them.
(d) Entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven by Saint Peter.

5. Why does the Spanish Civil War give Hemingway material rather than World War I?
(a) The U.S. enters World War I too late to have war stories.
(b) The Spanish Civial War has more exciting battles than World War I.
(c) Americans are too upset by World War I.
(d) Hemingway knows more about the Spanish Civil War than World War I.

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

7. What happens to Algren that keeps Vonnegut from asking if Rushdie may join them at his party?
(a) He does not answer the phone.
(b) He is not at home.
(c) He is dead of a heart attack.
(d) He is already at the party.

8. What causes the author's mother's untreated insanity?
(a) A traumatic experience.
(b) Her mean husband.
(c) Her addiction to cocaine.
(d) Alcohol and prescribed barbituates.

9. Kurt Vonnegut Sr. is respected and loved as a founder of what museum?
(a) The Children's Museum.
(b) The Indianapolis 500 Museum.
(c) The Museum of Natural History.
(d) The Indianapolis Museum of Art.

10. What limits Algren's popularity?
(a) A penchant for truth.
(b) His foul personality.
(c) His lack of connections.
(d) His distinct odor.

11. Who founds the Indianapolis chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1955?
(a) Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
(b) Vonnegut's Uncle Alex.
(c) Vonnegut's mother.
(d) Vonnegut's sister.

12. What ethnic groups does the Attorney General's Commission label as "terrorists" whenever possible?
(a) Afghanis.
(b) Palestinians.
(c) Israelis.
(d) Iraqis.

13. Vonnegut is enthusiastic about Pollock's work, but what does he feel is missing from Pollock's paintings?
(a) Color.
(b) Organization.
(c) A horizon.
(d) Human figures.

14. The Reverend finds "Slaughterhouse Five", as well as "Deliverance" and "Catcher in the Rye," falling short in what way?
(a) In Christian behavior and attitudes.
(b) In engaging society in healthy practices.
(c) In promoting his religious quest.
(d) In Buddhist doctrines.

15. 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?
(a) Law.
(b) Writing.
(c) Painting.
(d) Medicine.

Short Answer Questions

1. Even after many years, what is imprinted in Vonnegut's mind?

2. Unlike many short-lived 20th-century art movements, what movement has more enthusiasts than ever?

3. What does Vonnegut believe all women bottle inside of themselves, which his mother releases unwittingly at midnight?

4. What date lives forever in infamy for Vonnegut?

5. What art form does Kurt Vonnegut Sr. take up after he retires?

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