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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Vonnegut miss his 50th high school reunion?
(a) He contracts Lyme disease.
(b) He forgets the date of his reunion.
(c) His plane is delayed.
(d) He catches pneumonia.

2. What does Vonnegut tell 1990 graduates of the University of Rhode Island?
(a) They should enjoy this day, because real life begins tomorrow.
(b) He wishes he could have been a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.
(c) Colleges should spread the important stuff over four years, instead of saving it all up for the very end.
(d) College is a waste of time, and they should make the world their university.

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

4. What does the U.S. allow for 100 years before diagnosing it as a social disease and fighting it?
(a) Civil war.
(b) Depression.
(c) Slavery.
(d) Sexism.

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

6. What choir performs Vonnegut's requiem?
(a) United Methodist choir.
(b) The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
(c) Universalist Unitarian choir.
(d) Hindu choir.

7. Why does Vonnegut become cranky when hearing his requiem performed?
(a) The synthesizer music is not loud enough.
(b) The synthesizer music overpowers the lyrics.
(c) The choir mispronounces the lyrics.
(d) The choir director conducts too quickly.

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

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

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

11. What does Vonnegut believe is the cause of mental illness?
(a) Mental illness is chemically based.
(b) Mental illness is caused by the sufferer's environment.
(c) A cold is the main cause of mental illness.
(d) Early trauma causes mental illness.

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

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

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

15. He says his father is a rarity among Hoosiers. What other fantasy creature does the author compare his father to?
(a) Unicorn.
(b) Dragon.
(c) Pegasus.
(d) Griffin.

Short Answer Questions

1. He compares his adventures at Lake Maxincuckee to what explorer?

2. What causes the author's mother's untreated insanity?

3. To what does Vonnegut compare censorship's always being on the rise, around, and undiagnosed?

4. Who is the composer who sets Vonnegut's Latin translation to music?

5. The Attorney General's Commission believes that sufferers of what disease get what they deserve?

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