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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the MIT students react to Vonnegut's speech?
(a) They are appalled by his speech.
(b) They are convinced and accept his challenge.
(c) They applaud politely but do not take him seriously.
(d) They cheer enthusiastically.

2. Although people with acute mental disorder are less often written off as hopeless, why is there still a lack of certainty for patients and their families?
(a) Most patients still have to be institutionalized.
(b) Medications can have severe adverse effects.
(c) Psychological testing is dangerous.
(d) A dozen separate diseases are still lumped together as schizophrenia/manic depression.

3. Jane gives birth to how many children?
(a) 3.
(b) 2.
(c) 5.
(d) 1.

4. Why are certain words in Rait's limerick replaced with the sound "dah" when recited on the BBC?
(a) Rait made this adjustment to her limerick.
(b) The limerick is too long.
(c) This sound replaces dirty language.
(d) It sounds funny.

5. What do many of Vonnegut's books, including this one, not include?
(a) Social groups.
(b) Individual human beings.
(c) Mammals.
(d) Fantasy creatures.

6. According to Vonnegut's speech, what power do the MIT graduates have?
(a) To save the United States from self-destruction.
(b) To reign in or let loose enormous forces.
(c) To find a job in their city of choice.
(d) To control the world's resources.

7. With what magazine does Vonnegut travel to Mozambique in 1990 to write an article?
(a) National Geographic.
(b) The New Yorker.
(c) US News and World Report.
(d) Parade.

8. How do the Freethinkers behave?
(a) They are racist thugs.
(b) They behave well, because they are motivated by the idea of heaven and hell.
(c) They behave well, even without the motivation of heaven and hell.
(d) They humiliate those of other descents.

9. What pictures would Vonnegut hang if he were president of MIT?
(a) Bob Fosse's Sally Bowles.
(b) JK Rowling's Harry Potter.
(c) Pictures of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's "Frankenstein" monster.
(d) Robert Lewis Stevenson's Edward Hyde.

10. What Joseph Conrad novel depicts whites as highly evolved and others as monkeys without tails?
(a) Deep in Darkness.
(b) Land of Darkness.
(c) The Dark Continent.
(d) Heart of Darkness.

11. What does Vonnegut require of translators?
(a) They must ask him many questions about his work.
(b) They must be more gifted writers than he and speak at least two languages, including his.
(c) They must do as he says.
(d) They must speak Italian, English, as well as another language.

12. What is the definition of this society of which Dr. Robert Redfield speaks?
(a) It is an organization that teaches folk dances of various cultures.
(b) It is isolated geographically and members agree on what life is about and behave uniformly.
(c) It is a wide-spread belief in diversity and acceptance of others.
(d) It is an organization that encourages country living.

13. Who is the author of THE KILIMANJARO DEVICE?
(a) Mark Vonnegut.
(b) Ray Bradbury.
(c) Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
(d) Jane Austen.

14. The "Religious Revival" Vonnegut describes has two commandments. What are they?
(a) Divide and conquer.
(b) Have no other god but me and other thy father and they mother.
(c) Stop thinking and obey.
(d) Be free and live in peace.

15. What does Vonnegut compare to an alcoholic stockbroker not wanting his head in a Port Authority Bus Terminal toilet?
(a) Presidents Bush and Reagan.
(b) Western Civilization builds weapons and convinces civilians to hate groups of humanity, but they do not want big wars.
(c) Mozambicans.
(d) Third World Countries.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Vonnegut feel out of intellectual step with his new neighbors in Cape Cod?

2. In THE NATION what does Vonnegut claim is the U.S.'s most nurturing contribution to planetary culture?

3. Vonnegut compares the young people he addresses to what character in Camelot?

4. What will bust up all cultures and create a Third-World planet?

5. Why does Vonnegut believe Christians have no alternative but to hate and then kill in imaginary self-defense?

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