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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Pollock use to control his hands when he paints?
(a) Intuition.
(b) A painter's machine.
(c) Early sketches.
(d) Ideas from critics.

2. What does Vonnegut believe about professional artists' opinions on vocal third parties, such as critics, curators, and collectors?
(a) They are happiest when they do not have to worry about other's opinions.
(b) They like to receive criticism from third parties.
(c) They constantly ask for approval from critics, curators, and collectors.
(d) They love to create work for collectors.

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

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

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

6. Whose art does Father celebrate, as if it is a Pieta or Sistine chapel ceiling?
(a) Alex's.
(b) Alice's.
(c) Kurt's.
(d) Edith's.

7. What does Vonnegut wish his father had insisted he study?
(a) Painting.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Engineering.
(d) Law.

8. The Reverend wants which amendment to conform to his version of Christianity?
(a) The First Amendment.
(b) The Twenty-Seventh Amendment.
(c) The Twenty-First Amendment.
(d) The Second Amendment.

9. What does Vonnegut believe it is time to hear?
(a) Cries of love for all people.
(b) The ringing of the Liberty Bell.
(c) Liberty's lusty birth cries.
(d) The cry for freedom.

10. Who is nearing economic, legal, and social equality only in Vonnegut's lifetime?
(a) Women and racial minorities.
(b) Elderly people.
(c) Animals.
(d) Children.

11. Even after many years, what is imprinted in Vonnegut's mind?
(a) Geist Lake where he went boating.
(b) Culver Lake where he is a lifeguard.
(c) Lake Maxincuckee where he swims with his siblings.
(d) Lake Michigan where he played in the sand.

12. Vonnegut references what Biblical story to his belief that people find life too hard and disappointing to act on repairing it?
(a) Buddha sitting by the tree, but not becoming enlightened.
(b) Noah's Ark, as a sinking vessel with half its animals already dead.
(c) The Last Supper, with Jesus accusing Mark instead of Judas.
(d) Adam and Eve not taking a bite from the forbidden fruit.

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

14. What does the Reverend oppose?
(a) Using fertility drugs to become pregnant.
(b) The demi-god given right to consider any idea one wants.
(c) Divorce.
(d) stemcell research.

15. What mental illness does the author's son suffer and recover from?
(a) Bipolar disorder.
(b) Anxiety.
(c) Depression.
(d) Schizophrenia.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Vonnegut's grown children jointly own?

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

3. 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?

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

5. In Fates Worse Than Death, humorist Kurt Vonnegut examines the blindness of the American people to the hypocrisy of what administration?

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