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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Even after many years, what is imprinted in Vonnegut's mind?
(a) Lake Maxincuckee where he swims with his siblings.
(b) Lake Michigan where he played in the sand.
(c) Culver Lake where he is a lifeguard.
(d) Geist Lake where he went boating.

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

5. What is the best reason for why Vonnegut's family keeps his mother's insanity and suicide a secret?
(a) They are saddened by her illness and death.
(b) They are hoping to avoid repelling prospective in-laws.
(c) They are embarrassed.
(d) They are in denial.

6. What is one thing Vonnegut mentions in his letter to the future?
(a) Today's rulers need to stop thinking science can fix anything for $1 trillion.
(b) Leaders of the future should fix the environment issues through scientific discoveries.
(c) Future generations need to use more petroleum for fuel.
(d) Countries in the future should stop communicating with one another.

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

8. How does Vonnegut believe a writer's opinion about vocal third parties differs from that of a visual artist?
(a) They grow insecure when third parties give their opinions.
(b) They believe third parties are annoying.
(c) They dislike third parties as much as artists.
(d) Writing is tedious, so intruders, or third parties, are refreshing.

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

10. 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) Noah's Ark, as a sinking vessel with half its animals already dead.
(c) Adam and Eve not taking a bite from the forbidden fruit.
(d) Buddha sitting by the tree, but not becoming enlightened.

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

12. What happens to all writers?
(a) Their stories grow more optimistic with each passing year.
(b) They grow dated.
(c) They become more famous with age.
(d) They grow to be better writers.

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

14. Why is Algren bitter over his masterpiece, The Man with the Golden Arm?
(a) He does not think it is a masterpiece.
(b) He fears he will not be able to create another masterpiece.
(c) He receives very little for his masterpiece.
(d) He does not like the how it ends.

15. What does Vonnegut's degree in anthropology teach him about villains?
(a) The "villains" are drugs, sex, and rock and roll.
(b) The "villains" are culture, society, and history, not drugs.
(c) The "villains" are drugs, theft, and rape, not society.
(d) The "villains" are art, music, and dance, not culture.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Vonnegut attempt to get his own requiem mass translated into Latin but is denied?

2. Of what consisting of upper and lower houses is Hemingway a member?

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

4. According to the Attorney General's Commission, what is worth its expensive price tag?

5. How much does Vonnegut believe is enough to make a masterpiece? Beyond that, it is like empty talk at the end of a party.

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