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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What do Jane and Vonnegut have in common?
(a) They are both of German descent.
(b) They both paint.
(c) They love New York City.
(d) They are both writers.

3. The Reverend finds "Slaughterhouse Five", as well as "Deliverance" and "Catcher in the Rye," falling short in what way?
(a) In engaging society in healthy practices.
(b) In Christian behavior and attitudes.
(c) In promoting his religious quest.
(d) In Buddhist doctrines.

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

5. What does Vonnegut miss from his youth?
(a) Freedom from knowing humans will render the planet uninhabitable.
(b) The Fourth of July Fireworks.
(c) Friends from school.
(d) The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

6. Vonnegut defends what freedom?
(a) Freedom of speech.
(b) Freedom of the press.
(c) Freedom of assembly.
(d) Freedom of religion.

7. Who founds the Indianapolis chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1955?
(a) Vonnegut's sister.
(b) Vonnegut's mother.
(c) Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
(d) Vonnegut's Uncle Alex.

8. What does Vonnegut tell 1990 graduates of the University of Rhode Island?
(a) He wishes he could have been a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.
(b) Colleges should spread the important stuff over four years, instead of saving it all up for the very end.
(c) College is a waste of time, and they should make the world their university.
(d) They should enjoy this day, because real life begins tomorrow.

9. What does Vonnegut believe is the United State's only true art form prior to Jackson Pollock's work?
(a) Jazz.
(b) Photography.
(c) Hip hop.
(d) Ballet.

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

11. To what author's work does Vonnegut compare the Bill of Rights' First Amendment?
(a) Michael Crichton.
(b) Dr. Dre.
(c) Dr. Seuss.
(d) J.K. Rowling.

12. What mental illness does the author's son suffer and recover from?
(a) Anxiety.
(b) Depression.
(c) Bipolar disorder.
(d) Schizophrenia.

13. Requiem masses are customarily sung in what language?
(a) Latin.
(b) French.
(c) Spanish.
(d) Italian.

14. How are Vonnegut and Elie Wiesel the same?
(a) They are both Jewish.
(b) They both have pet dogs.
(c) They are cousins.
(d) They share a German surname.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does the author's father die?

2. Vonnegut Sr. is denied his dreams by what event?

3. What is the title of the book Jane writes about raising their kids on Cape Cod?

4. The Attorney General's Commission compares anything that sounds like the Sermon on the Mount to what?

5. What is the name of the infant that the Vonneguts adopt?

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