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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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?
(a) Create art.
(b) Divorce and remarry.
(c) Have an unhappy marriage.
(d) Write.

3. Although Jill attends private school and vacations with the rich as a child, how does she provide for herself as a grown woman?
(a) Running her own restaurant.
(b) Her photography and children's books.
(c) Teaching English.
(d) Marrying a wealthy man.

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

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

6. 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?
(a) 10 years.
(b) 20 years.
(c) 100 years.
(d) 200 years.

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

8. Besides Indianapolis what other U.S. city is designed by the architect L'Enfant?
(a) Baltimore, MD.
(b) Seattle, Washington.
(c) Washington, D.C.
(d) Columbus, OH.

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

10. Why does Vonnegut feel lucky to have been born in Indianapolis?
(a) It is a beautiful city.
(b) He treasures the friendships he made in Indianapolis.
(c) Indianapolis is the center of the art world.
(d) He receives a rich and humane primary and secondary education.

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

12. What does the Reverend oppose?
(a) Using fertility drugs to become pregnant.
(b) stemcell research.
(c) Divorce.
(d) The demi-god given right to consider any idea one wants.

13. Who buys the lake house but allows Vonnegut and his bride to honeymoon there?
(a) A stranger.
(b) His sister.
(c) His uncle.
(d) His friend O'Hare.

14. What is the name of Vonnegut's unfinished book depicting a doctor using talk therapy at Auschwitz to treat staff members' depression?
(a) SS Psychiatrist.
(b) SS Therapist.
(c) SS Auschwitz.
(d) SS Indianapolis.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. Nancy Andreassen finds that people in what profession tend to be depressive or come from depressive families more often than in the general public?

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

3. Unlike many short-lived 20th-century art movements, what movement has more enthusiasts than ever?

4. What novel about the state of people's portable souls does Jane ask Vonnegut to read?

5. What does Vonnegut wish his father had insisted he study?

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