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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the author use as a recurrent symbol of U.S. political stupidities?
(a) President George Bush's support of the NRA.
(b) President George Bush's call for a constitutional amendment outlawing flag burning.
(c) The NRA militia commercials.
(d) The Bill of Rights' First Amendment.

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

4. Who is the composer who sets Vonnegut's Latin translation to music?
(a) Edgar Degas.
(b) Edgar Grana.
(c) Edith Wharton.
(d) Dame Edna.

5. 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) Harvard.
(b) MIT.
(c) NYU.
(d) UCLA.

6. Where does Vonnegut first meet O'Hare?
(a) College.
(b) Camp Atterbury.
(c) Camp Harrison.
(d) High school.

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

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

9. In his letter to the future, what does Vonnegut say today's rulers are doing to Nature's stern but reasonable surrender terms?
(a) Limiting waste.
(b) Working towards a peacable agreement.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Conserving energy.

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

11. What do Vonnegut's grown children jointly own?
(a) A condominium in New York City.
(b) The lake house.
(c) Their childhood home.
(d) A publishing house.

12. 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 Gun Control.
(b) The Attorney General's Commission on Religious Freedom.
(c) The Attorney General's Commission Civil Rights.
(d) The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.

13. What does Vonnegut believe all women bottle inside of themselves, which his mother releases unwittingly at midnight?
(a) Hydrochloric acid.
(b) Hydrogen dioxide.
(c) Carbon dioxide.
(d) Hydrofluoric acid.

14. Does Vonnegut believe that most civilians can be considered a "well-regulated militia?"
(a) Most civilians can be considered a "well-regulated militia."
(b) Only men can be part of a militia.
(c) Not unless they are recruited, led, motivated, or restrained by anything but their own perceptions.
(d) Only those civilians who pass a test should be considered part of a militia.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the character Bill Pilgrim different from Joe Crone?

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

3. What is Vonnegut's opinion of Charlton Heston's commercials advocating that civilians keep military weapons?

4. Why does Vonnegut feel lucky to have been born in Indianapolis?

5. Besides Indianapolis what other U.S. city is designed by the architect L'Enfant?

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