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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who buys the lake house but allows Vonnegut and his bride to honeymoon there?
(a) His uncle.
(b) His sister.
(c) His friend O'Hare.
(d) A stranger.

2. Vonnegut Sr. is denied his dreams by what event?
(a) The Civil War.
(b) World War I.
(c) September 11, 2001.
(d) The Great Depression.

3. Why does Vonnegut feel lucky to have been born in Indianapolis?
(a) Indianapolis is the center of the art world.
(b) It is a beautiful city.
(c) He receives a rich and humane primary and secondary education.
(d) He treasures the friendships he made in Indianapolis.

4. Why do psychiatrists believe Mark is a misdiagnosed depressive?
(a) They do not believe that one can recover from bipolar disorder.
(b) Mark has all the symptoms of someone who is depressed.
(c) Mark seems sad.
(d) They do not believe that one can recover from schizophrenia.

5. When does Vonnegut get sick?
(a) When it is useful to him.
(b) When he does not get enough sleep.
(c) In the fall.
(d) In the spring.

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

7. What do Jane and Vonnegut have in common?
(a) They love New York City.
(b) They are both of German descent.
(c) They are both writers.
(d) They both paint.

8. What does Vonnegut tell Hemingway scholars defines his fellow Midwesterner?
(a) His cats.
(b) The Vietnam War.
(c) His writing.
(d) World War I.

9. How much does Vonnegut believe is enough to make a masterpiece? Beyond that, it is like empty talk at the end of a party.
(a) Three-fourths.
(b) One-third.
(c) One-half.
(d) Two-thirds.

10. What is Vonnegut's sarcasm referring to when he mentions scales falling from his eyes?
(a) His sarcasm refers to a remark he makes about the Second Amendment.
(b) His sarcasm refer to the remark he makes about suppressing harmful words and images on his own.
(c) His sarcasm refers to a remark he makes about gun control.
(d) His sarcasm refers to a remark he makes about needing the government's aid in suppressing harmful words and images.

11. What is the name of the infant that the Vonneguts adopt?
(a) Rose.
(b) Lily.
(c) Leslie.
(d) Rachel.

12. What do Vonnegut's grown children jointly own?
(a) A condominium in New York City.
(b) The lake house.
(c) A publishing house.
(d) Their childhood home.

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

14. Although Jill attends private school and vacations with the rich as a child, how does she provide for herself as a grown woman?
(a) Running her own restaurant.
(b) Her photography and children's books.
(c) Teaching English.
(d) Marrying a wealthy man.

15. What does Vonnegut believe is the United State's only true art form prior to Jackson Pollock's work?
(a) Ballet.
(b) Photography.
(c) Hip hop.
(d) Jazz.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what author's work does Vonnegut compare the Bill of Rights' First Amendment?

2. Vonnegut uses examinations of history, literature, psychology and what else to move his story forward?

3. What does the author use as a recurrent symbol of U.S. political stupidities?

4. Why did Jane Cox's relatives question her marriage to Vonnegut?

5. For what does the traditional requiem ask?

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