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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Vonnegut believes MIT can set an example by adapting what to its undertakings?
(a) Oedipus Complex.
(b) The Third Time Step.
(c) The Hippocratic Oath.
(d) The Vonnegut Theory.

3. To what does Vonnegut compare ignoring distractions and repeating a mantra?
(a) Writing.
(b) Painting.
(c) Reading books.
(d) Cooking.

4. To what does Vonnegut compare Bush's presidential campaign?
(a) Perfect example of democracy.
(b) Nazi propaganda.
(c) East Germany propaganda.
(d) Pornographic sleaze.

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

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

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

8. What does Vonnegut dream the world will be like in 1,000 years?
(a) German descendants will be running the planet.
(b) There will be no world in 1,000 years.
(c) There will be no humankind, because the various world leaders will lead their countries into massive wars.
(d) There will still be rich and poor, but all will be descendants of people who endure insults without committing suicide or murder.

9. From what event can ordinary humans not learn how much pain and humiliation to endure before calling an end to everything?
(a) Romans throwing the Christians to the lions.
(b) Holocaust.
(c) Sending the Tibetans into exhile.
(d) Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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

11. What does Vonnegut believe most ancient writings, including the Bible, do?
(a) Mystify.
(b) Demonize.
(c) Moralize.
(d) Degrade.

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

13. 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) Third World Countries.
(c) Western Civilization builds weapons and convinces civilians to hate groups of humanity, but they do not want big wars.
(d) Mozambicans.

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

15. Why are Germans frightening?
(a) They do not like Jews.
(b) They murder thousands during World War II.
(c) They like to fight other white people.
(d) They like to fight those from other cultures.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Vonnegut's speech, what power do the MIT graduates have?

2. How many Americans are of German descent?

3. After reading William Styron's DARKNESS VISIBLE how does Vonnegut classify those that are suicidal?

4. What organization prevents Mozambicans from learning to read and write?

5. Why are Vonnegut's jokes not funny?

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