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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. As a writer Vonnegut is an anthropologist and writes about what acculturated primitive people?
(a) The people in "Skyscraper National Park."
(b) The Mayans of Central America.
(c) Native North Americans.
2. 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?
3. Why does Vonnegut feel out of intellectual step with his new neighbors in Cape Cod?
(a) He is not as wealthy as other in Cape Cod.
(b) He is an Anglo-Saxon.
(c) He is not as intelligent as others in Cape Cod.
(d) He is a non-Anglo-Saxon.
4. The "Religious Revival" Vonnegut describes has two commandments. What are they?
(a) Be free and live in peace.
(b) Stop thinking and obey.
(c) Divide and conquer.
(d) Have no other god but me and other thy father and they mother.
5. After reading William Styron's DARKNESS VISIBLE how does Vonnegut classify those that are suicidal?
(a) Those that leave notes and those that do not.
(b) They are either depressed or schizophrenic.
(c) Those that blame it on brain wiring and chemistry or those that blame the Universe
(d) Those that are severe and those that are minor.
6. Those with addiction eventually hit rock bottom. Vonnegut believes Western Civilization hit rock bottom in World War I. Unlike those with addictions who admit that their addiction is ruining their lives, how does Western Civilization react to hitting rock bottom?
(a) It continues to be ignorant of the disease and continues to allow those who are sick to be kept in positions of power.
(b) It buys more electronic devices to distract itself.
(c) It realizes that its addiction is affecting human life, but it does not care.
(d) It reacts in a similar way to those who are addicted.
7. What Joseph Conrad novel depicts whites as highly evolved and others as monkeys without tails?
(a) Deep in Darkness.
(b) The Dark Continent.
(c) Heart of Darkness.
(d) Land of Darkness.
8. What is Mark's only crime against his government?
(a) Identity theft.
9. What German-American movement did not survive?
(a) The Deutchland movement.
(b) The German-American Quaker movement.
(c) The Pennsylvania Dutch movement.
(d) The German-American Freethinker movement.
10. What does Vonnegut compare to an alcoholic stockbroker not wanting his head in a Port Authority Bus Terminal toilet?
(a) Third World Countries.
(b) Western Civilization builds weapons and convinces civilians to hate groups of humanity, but they do not want big wars.
(c) Presidents Bush and Reagan.
11. 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) Sending the Tibetans into exhile.
(c) Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
12. 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) 8,000 hours.
(c) 800 hours.
(d) 18,000 hours.
13. How does Mark feel about the 1960s?
(a) They are not spaced-out, flaky, or self-absorbed times as depicted in movies.
(b) They are just as spaced-out, flaky, and self-absorbed times as depicted in movies.
(c) Mark does not remember the 1960s.
(d) They are even more spaced-out, flaky, ,and self-absorbed times than depicted in movies.
14. How do the MIT students react to Vonnegut's speech?
(a) They cheer enthusiastically.
(b) They applaud politely but do not take him seriously.
(c) They are appalled by his speech.
(d) They are convinced and accept his challenge.
15. When the definition for Schizophrenia has been tightened, how is Mark now classified?
(a) Mentally retarded.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the name of the Bishop Vonnegut travels with to the Galapagos?
2. In THE NATION what does Vonnegut claim is the U.S.'s most nurturing contribution to planetary culture?
3. What will bust up all cultures and create a Third-World planet?
4. How is Vonnegut an advocate for translators?
5. What does Vonnegut dream the world will be like in 1,000 years?
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