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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is the character Bill Pilgrim different from Joe Crone?
(a) Bill Pilgrim is shy and sad, while Joe Crone is an enthusiastic extrovert.
(b) They are from different cities in the United States.
(c) Bill Pilgrim commits suicide, while Joe Crone become a doctor.
(d) Joe Crone starves himself to death, while Bill Pilgrim returns home to become an optometrist.

2. What do the free speech provisions of the First Amendment make Vonnegut want to do?
(a) Throw up.
(b) Sing.
(c) Cheer.
(d) Cry.

3. After high school what does Jill make Manhattan and the world?
(a) A place to take amazing photographs.
(b) Places to avoid.
(c) Her university.
(d) Her new home.

4. Vonnegut uses examinations of history, literature, psychology and what else to move his story forward?
(a) automobiles.
(b) art.
(c) dance.
(d) fashion.

5. Who is nearing economic, legal, and social equality only in Vonnegut's lifetime?
(a) Elderly people.
(b) Children.
(c) Women and racial minorities.
(d) Animals.

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

7. According to the Attorney General's Commission, what is worth its expensive price tag?
(a) billion-dollar condominiums.
(b) billion-dollar NASA spacecraft.
(c) billion-dollar financial institutions.
(d) billion-dollar airplanes.

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

9. What practical joke does Vonnegut play at an ROTC inspection?
(a) He wears every sort of medal he can find.
(b) He dresses like a clown.
(c) He tells knock knock jokes.
(d) He wears a Boy Scout uniform.

10. What is Vonnegut's opinion of Charlton Heston's commercials advocating that civilians keep military weapons?
(a) He finds them to be entertaining.
(b) Vonnegut believes military weapons, like loathsome germs, kill people every day and does not approve of the commercials.
(c) He would like to be able to join Heston in the commercials.
(d) Vonnegut sees nothing wrong with encouraging the general public to carry military weapons.

11. What causes the author's mother's untreated insanity?
(a) Her mean husband.
(b) A traumatic experience.
(c) Alcohol and prescribed barbituates.
(d) Her addiction to cocaine.

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

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

14. What tribal name do the Vonneguts give themselves?
(a) Aztec-girls.
(b) Pottawatomie.
(c) Epta mayan-boys.
(d) Black Feathers.

15. Unlike many short-lived 20th-century art movements, what movement has more enthusiasts than ever?
(a) Post Modernism.
(b) Photo Realism.
(c) Abstract Expressionism.
(d) Impressionism.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Vonnegut believes that the goal in the U.S. is only to train intelligent, well-educated people to do what?

3. Why did Jane Cox's relatives question her marriage to Vonnegut?

4. What is his home on Lake Maxincuckee?

5. What does Vonnegut assert is often Hemingway's male characters' greatest reward?

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