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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do jokes work?
(a) By hooking and releasing the listener, causing the release of fight-or-flight chemicals through laughter.
(b) Jokes connect the listener to other listeners.
(c) The comedian tells the audience something funny about society that seems outrageous but is true.
(d) Comedians and the audienceshare a funny moment.

2. What tough question does Vonnegut's book "Player Piano" ask?
(a) What will happen to our planet in the future?
(b) When will there be world peace?
(c) What are people for?
(d) Why do people hurt one another?

3. Sufferers of what deficiency seek to become members of a crazy artificial extended family?
(a) Gluten Deficiency.
(b) Folk Society Deficiency.
(c) Vitamin B Deficiency.
(d) Auto-Immune Deficiency.

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

5. 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.

6. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, how many hours of television Failures of Christianity (murders) has one watched by graduation?
(a) 80 hours.
(b) 18,000 hours.
(c) 8,000 hours.
(d) 800 hours.

7. 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) A dozen separate diseases are still lumped together as schizophrenia/manic depression.
(b) Medications can have severe adverse effects.
(c) Most patients still have to be institutionalized.
(d) Psychological testing is dangerous.

8. How is Vonnegut an advocate for translators?
(a) He believes translators are more important than authors.
(b) He is a translator.
(c) He believes translators should be paid the same royalties as authors.
(d) He pays translators to write his books.

9. Why are Vonnegut's jokes not funny?
(a) He never attempts to tell jokes.
(b) He is skilled at letting readers off the hook.
(c) He lacks a way to let readers off the hook.
(d) His jokes are immature and childish.

10. 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.

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

12. As a writer Vonnegut is an anthropologist and writes about what acculturated primitive people?
(a) The Mayans of Central America.
(b) The people in "Skyscraper National Park."
(c) Midwesterners.
(d) Native North Americans.

13. Jane, Vonnegut's first wife, is born a Quaker and dies as a member of what denomination?
(a) Methodist.
(b) Lutheran.
(c) Roman Catholic.
(d) Episcopalian.

14. What university do Vonnegut's grandfather, father, uncle, and brother attend?
(a) Harvard.
(b) IUPUI.
(c) Yale.
(d) MIT.

15. Why does Rait believe she can say whatever she pleases in English?
(a) She is a non-native speaker.
(b) She is very opinionated.
(c) She believes that what she has to say is important.
(d) She likes speaking in English.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Vonnegut believe may unite mankind, by creating a generation that does not need to fight to be disillusioned by war?

3. What does Vonnegut compare to an alcoholic stockbroker not wanting his head in a Port Authority Bus Terminal toilet?

4. With what magazine does Vonnegut travel to Mozambique in 1990 to write an article?

5. How do the MIT students react to Vonnegut's speech?

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