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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Vonnegut uses examinations of history, literature, psychology and what else to move his story forward?
(a) automobiles.
(b) dance.
(c) art.
(d) fashion.

2. What do the free speech provisions of the First Amendment make Vonnegut want to do?
(a) Cry.
(b) Sing.
(c) Throw up.
(d) Cheer.

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 people being born.
(b) They are very young.
(c) There are more writers.
(d) They have been so foreshortened.

4. Who is the Cody, Wyoming, artist who is America's foremost adventurer in the Abstract Expressionist movement?
(a) George Segal.
(b) Mary Cassatt.
(c) Jackson Pollock.
(d) Keith Haring.

5. In Fates Worse Than Death, humorist Kurt Vonnegut examines the blindness of the American people to the hypocrisy of what administration?
(a) Smith Administration.
(b) Clinton Administration.
(c) Reagan Administration.
(d) Carter Administration.

6. Who is the composer of the new requiem setting?
(a) Josh Groban.
(b) Robert Samels.
(c) Andrew Lloyd Webber.
(d) Celine Dion.

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

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

9. To what author's work does Vonnegut compare the Bill of Rights' First Amendment?
(a) Dr. Dre.
(b) J.K. Rowling.
(c) Dr. Seuss.
(d) Michael Crichton.

10. He compares his adventures at Lake Maxincuckee to what explorer?
(a) Franz Ferdinand.
(b) Leif Ericson.
(c) Christopher Columbus.
(d) Marco Polo.

11. Of what consisting of upper and lower houses is Hemingway a member?
(a) The American Actors and Writers Equity.
(b) The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
(c) The American Writers Academy.
(d) The American Association of Writers of Historical Fiction.

12. Who is the composer who sets Vonnegut's Latin translation to music?
(a) Dame Edna.
(b) Edgar Degas.
(c) Edgar Grana.
(d) Edith Wharton.

13. 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.

14. What does Vonnegut miss from his youth?
(a) Freedom from knowing humans will render the planet uninhabitable.
(b) The Fourth of July Fireworks.
(c) The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
(d) Friends from school.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Vonnegut wish his father had insisted he study?

2. What choir performs Vonnegut's requiem?

3. He says his father is a rarity among Hoosiers. What other fantasy creature does the author compare his father to?

4. 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?

5. Who is the model for Vonnegut's Bill Pilgrim in SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE?

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