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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do psychiatrists believe Mark is a misdiagnosed depressive?
(a) Mark seems sad.
(b) They do not believe that one can recover from bipolar disorder.
(c) They do not believe that one can recover from schizophrenia.
(d) Mark has all the symptoms of someone who is depressed.

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

3. Whose art does Father celebrate, as if it is a Pieta or Sistine chapel ceiling?
(a) Alice's.
(b) Kurt's.
(c) Alex's.
(d) Edith's.

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

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

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

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

8. 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) Vonnegut arrives late to the inspection.
(c) The general thinks Vonnegut is not a good soldier.
(d) Vonnegut argues with the general.

9. Who is the model for Vonnegut's Bill Pilgrim in SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE?
(a) Joe Crone.
(b) Bishop Moore.
(c) Jack Spratt.
(d) Jane Seymour.

10. What happens to Algren that keeps Vonnegut from asking if Rushdie may join them at his party?
(a) He is dead of a heart attack.
(b) He is not at home.
(c) He does not answer the phone.
(d) He is already at the party.

11. What does Vonnegut's late grandfather, Bernard, whom Vonnegut never meets, scorn?
(a) His birthplace, Indianapolis.
(b) His grandchildren.
(c) His son, Kurt Vonnegut Sr..
(d) His high school, Warren Central.

12. For what does the traditional requiem ask?
(a) Sinners to be damned to Hell for all eternity.
(b) Eternal rest for the dead, where God's light perpetually shines on them.
(c) Entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven by Saint Peter.
(d) A heaven filled with angels playing harps.

13. When does Vonnegut get sick?
(a) When it is useful to him.
(b) When he does not get enough sleep.
(c) In the spring.
(d) In the fall.

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

15. To what does Vonnegut compare censorship's always being on the rise, around, and undiagnosed?
(a) Diabetes.
(b) Heart disease.
(c) AIDS.
(d) Alzheimer's.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why is Vonnegut good with guns?

3. How do the author and Jill meet?

4. The gestation period of 'possums is twelve days and Indian elephants twenty-two months. What does the author believe is the gestation period for American liberty?

5. What does Vonnegut's degree in anthropology teach him about villains?

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