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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. 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) Carter Administration.
(c) Clinton Administration.
(d) Reagan Administration.

4. Where does Vonnegut attempt to get his own requiem mass translated into Latin but is denied?
(a) Fordham.
(b) NYU.
(c) SUNY Purchase.
(d) Columbia.

5. Why does the Spanish Civil War give Hemingway material rather than World War I?
(a) The Spanish Civial War has more exciting battles than World War I.
(b) Americans are too upset by World War I.
(c) Hemingway knows more about the Spanish Civil War than World War I.
(d) The U.S. enters World War I too late to have war stories.

6. Why is Father desperate for uncritical female friendship?
(a) His daughter is very critical of him.
(b) He has never had a female friend.
(c) His wife says hateful, horrible things to him late at night.
(d) His wife is thoughtful and caring.

7. Who founds the Indianapolis chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1955?
(a) Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
(b) Vonnegut's mother.
(c) Vonnegut's Uncle Alex.
(d) Vonnegut's sister.

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

9. What government authority has several of its members involved in financial or sexual atrocities, as well as advocating for civilians to be armed with assault rifles?
(a) The Attorney General's Commission on Religious Freedom.
(b) The Attorney General's Commission on Gun Control.
(c) The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
(d) The Attorney General's Commission Civil Rights.

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

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

12. Requiem masses are customarily sung in what language?
(a) French.
(b) Italian.
(c) Spanish.
(d) Latin.

13. The Reverend finds "Slaughterhouse Five", as well as "Deliverance" and "Catcher in the Rye," falling short in what way?
(a) In engaging society in healthy practices.
(b) In Christian behavior and attitudes.
(c) In promoting his religious quest.
(d) In Buddhist doctrines.

14. 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 constantly ask for approval from critics, curators, and collectors.
(c) They like to receive criticism from third parties.
(d) They love to create work for collectors.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What limits Algren's popularity?

2. Why do psychiatrists believe Mark is a misdiagnosed depressive?

3. The author pictures his father as what fictional character waiting for a prince to awaken his career?

4. What do Jane and Vonnegut have in common?

5. Who is the composer of the new requiem setting?

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