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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what year does the author's father die?
(a) 1857.
(b) 1957.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1977.

3. According to the Attorney General's Commission, what is worth its expensive price tag?
(a) billion-dollar condominiums.
(b) billion-dollar NASA spacecraft.
(c) billion-dollar airplanes.
(d) billion-dollar financial institutions.

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

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

6. Vonnegut is enthusiastic about Pollock's work, but what does he feel is missing from Pollock's paintings?
(a) Organization.
(b) Color.
(c) Human figures.
(d) A horizon.

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

8. In which art form does Father show promise before the Great Depression?
(a) Pottery.
(b) Painting.
(c) Sculpture.
(d) Printmaking.

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

10. Vonnegut laments that people can say atrocious things in public, but he is charged with encouraging what?
(a) violence against ethnic minorities.
(b) vulgar language.
(c) violence against women and kiddy porn.
(d) violent protests.

11. How is the character Bill Pilgrim different from Joe Crone?
(a) Bill Pilgrim commits suicide, while Joe Crone become a doctor.
(b) They are from different cities in the United States.
(c) Joe Crone starves himself to death, while Bill Pilgrim returns home to become an optometrist.
(d) Bill Pilgrim is shy and sad, while Joe Crone is an enthusiastic extrovert.

12. What is his home on Lake Maxincuckee?
(a) A brownstone apartment
(b) A large cabin in the valley.
(c) An unheated frame cottage on a bluff.
(d) A camping tent.

13. Who translates Vonnegut's requiem into Latin?
(a) Collin P. Miller.
(b) John F. Collins.
(c) Collin F. Johnson.
(d) Thomas R. Collins.

14. Who does Vonnegut marry in 1979?
(a) Julie Keagan.
(b) Jill Krementz.
(c) Jess Katz.
(d) Jen Klein.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is nearing economic, legal, and social equality only in Vonnegut's lifetime?

3. Vonnegut believes that the goal in the U.S. is only to train intelligent, well-educated people to do what?

4. For what does the traditional requiem ask?

5. Vonnegut is the third person in his family to have a one-person show and the second to put in time in a "laughing academy." What is he the first to do?

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