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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Vonnegut family expects its family members to go out east to college. Where does the author's dad, Kurt Vonnegut Sr., go to college?
(a) NYU.
(b) MIT.
(c) Harvard.
(d) UCLA.

2. What are heavy among the writers Vonnegut cares about?
(a) Their appetites.
(b) Their weights.
(c) Their hearts.
(d) Casualties.

3. What is the date of Vonnegut's requiem's premier?
(a) March 13, 1998.
(b) March 13, 1988.
(c) October 13, 1988.
(d) October 13, 1998.

4. This book is the sequel to what other book?
(a) Easter Sunday.
(b) Friday the 13th.
(c) Good Friday.
(d) Palm Sunday.

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

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

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

8. 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) Two-thirds.
(b) One-third.
(c) One-half.
(d) Three-fourths.

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

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

11. Why can Vonnegut not get married at an Episcopalian church?
(a) His wife is not Episcopalian.
(b) He is not a Christian.
(c) Vonnegut already has children.
(d) Vonnegut is divorced.

12. The author pictures his father as what fictional character waiting for a prince to awaken his career?
(a) Porky Pig.
(b) Sleeping Beauty.
(c) Cinderella.
(d) Snow White.

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

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

15. Why is Vonnegut drawn to the text?
(a) Vonnegut does would like to know the meaning of the Requiem, but does not understand Latin.
(b) The composer has made several grammatical mistakes in the English text.
(c) It is an English translation that, to Vonnegut, speaks of sadism and masochism.
(d) The English translation, to Vonnegut, is beautiful, and a work of genius.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Vonnegut like to write pieces for Architectural Digest?

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

3. What happens to all writers?

4. What does Vonnegut believe is declining but could return?

5. What is his home on Lake Maxincuckee?

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