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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) Comedians and the audienceshare a funny moment.
(b) The comedian tells the audience something funny about society that seems outrageous but is true.
(c) Jokes connect the listener to other listeners.
(d) By hooking and releasing the listener, causing the release of fight-or-flight chemicals through laughter.
2. How does Rita Rait become the winner of a limerick contest?
(a) She is the best limerick writer in Russia.
(b) She creates a competition and enters her own work.
(c) She is married to the judge.
(d) She wins the prize left by an eccentric British millionaire for the wittiest original limerick.
3. Why are Germans frightening?
(a) They murder thousands during World War II.
(b) They like to fight other white people.
(c) They like to fight those from other cultures.
(d) They do not like Jews.
4. From what event can ordinary humans not learn how much pain and humiliation to endure before calling an end to everything?
(b) Romans throwing the Christians to the lions.
(c) Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
(d) Sending the Tibetans into exhile.
5. Vonnegut's 1990 article in the New York Times observes that American humorists/satirists grow to be what past a certain age?
(a) Intolerably unfunny pessimists.
(c) Enthusiastic optimists.
(d) Sarcastic old men.
6. What university do Vonnegut's grandfather, father, uncle, and brother attend?
7. What Joseph Conrad novel depicts whites as highly evolved and others as monkeys without tails?
(a) The Dark Continent.
(b) Deep in Darkness.
(c) Heart of Darkness.
(d) Land of Darkness.
8. What tough question does Vonnegut's book "Player Piano" ask?
(a) Why do people hurt one another?
(b) When will there be world peace?
(c) What are people for?
(d) What will happen to our planet in the future?
9. What is the definition of this society of which Dr. Robert Redfield speaks?
(a) It is an organization that encourages country living.
(b) It is an organization that teaches folk dances of various cultures.
(c) It is a wide-spread belief in diversity and acceptance of others.
(d) It is isolated geographically and members agree on what life is about and behave uniformly.
10. As a writer Vonnegut is an anthropologist and writes about what acculturated primitive people?
(a) Native North Americans.
(c) The people in "Skyscraper National Park."
(d) The Mayans of Central America.
11. What features imperialism, the capture of other societies' lands, and treasure by arms?
(a) "The Nation."
(b) "Hocus Pocus."
(c) "The House of Mirth."
(d) "Le Petit Prince."
12. Who is the author of THE KILIMANJARO DEVICE?
(a) Ray Bradbury.
(b) Mark Vonnegut.
(c) Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
(d) Jane Austen.
13. Who is Vonnegut's favorite translator, with whom he falls in platonic love?
(a) Rita Rait.
(b) Ramon Ramone.
(c) Roberta Rambelli.
(d) Rachel Ray.
14. What does Vonnegut never think he owes to himself or the world?
(a) To return to writing.
(b) To become a litigator.
(c) To forgive his mother.
(d) To write a book about Jackson Pollock.
15. What do many of Vonnegut's books, including this one, not include?
(a) Individual human beings.
(b) Fantasy creatures.
(d) Social groups.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Mark feel about the 1960s?
2. Vonnegut believes MIT can set an example by adapting what to its undertakings?
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. What pictures would Vonnegut hang if he were president of MIT?
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