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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why can Vonnegut not get married at an Episcopalian church?
(a) His wife is not Episcopalian.
(b) Vonnegut is divorced.
(c) Vonnegut already has children.
(d) He is not a Christian.

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

3. To what does Vonnegut compare the lyrics of the new requiem setting?
(a) The Tang Dynasty.
(b) The 100 Years War.
(c) The Renaissance.
(d) The Spanish Inquisition.

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

5. 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.

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

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

8. Why is Vonnegut drawn to the text?
(a) Vonnegut does would like to know the meaning of the Requiem, but does not understand Latin.
(b) The composer has made several grammatical mistakes in the English text.
(c) It is an English translation that, to Vonnegut, speaks of sadism and masochism.
(d) The English translation, to Vonnegut, is beautiful, and a work of genius.

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

10. In Fates Worse Than Death, humorist Kurt Vonnegut examines the blindness of the American people to the hypocrisy of what administration?
(a) Reagan Administration.
(b) Smith Administration.
(c) Clinton Administration.
(d) Carter Administration.

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

12. Why is Algren bitter over his masterpiece, The Man with the Golden Arm?
(a) He fears he will not be able to create another masterpiece.
(b) He does not think it is a masterpiece.
(c) He does not like the how it ends.
(d) He receives very little for his masterpiece.

13. In which art form does Father show promise before the Great Depression?
(a) Sculpture.
(b) Painting.
(c) Pottery.
(d) Printmaking.

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

15. What does Vonnegut wish his father had insisted he study?
(a) Painting.
(b) Law.
(c) Engineering.
(d) Architecture.

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. Requiem masses are customarily sung in what language?

3. Why is Vonnegut good with guns?

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

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

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