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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 already at the party.
(c) He is not at home.
(d) He does not answer the phone.

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

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

5. The author pictures his father as what fictional character waiting for a prince to awaken his career?
(a) Porky Pig.
(b) Snow White.
(c) Cinderella.
(d) Sleeping Beauty.

6. Why does Vonnegut like to write pieces for Architectural Digest?
(a) He loves architecture.
(b) He is an architect.
(c) As a tribute to his father and grandfather.
(d) As a tribute to his son, Mark.

7. What does the author use as a recurrent symbol of U.S. political stupidities?
(a) President George Bush's support of the NRA.
(b) The NRA militia commercials.
(c) President George Bush's call for a constitutional amendment outlawing flag burning.
(d) The Bill of Rights' First Amendment.

8. What does Vonnegut say happens to American literary history, that "generations" of writers are separated by less than twenty years?
(a) They are very young.
(b) There are more writers.
(c) They have been so foreshortened.
(d) There are more people being born.

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

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

11. Who enacts the Latin requiem text in 1570?
(a) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
(b) Pope Pius V.
(c) Pope John II.
(d) Leonardo da Vinci.

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

13. The Vonnegut family expects its family members to go out east to college. Where does the author's dad, Kurt Vonnegut Sr., go to college?
(a) UCLA.
(b) Harvard.
(c) NYU.
(d) MIT.

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

15. How do the author and Jill meet?
(a) At a movie premiere.
(b) At a baseball game.
(c) At an art gallery.
(d) At a production of a Vonnegut play.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. How are Vonnegut and Elie Wiesel the same?

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

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

5. What mental illness does the author's son suffer and recover from?

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