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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What German-American movement did not survive?
(a) The German-American Freethinker movement.
(b) The Deutchland movement.
(c) The German-American Quaker movement.
(d) The Pennsylvania Dutch movement.

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

3. What does Dr. Robert Redfield insist every society passes through?
(a) The "Folk Society" stage.
(b) The "Marxist Society" stage.
(c) The "Modern Society" stage.
(d) The "Fauvist Society" stage.

4. With whom does Vonnegut travel to Mozambique?
(a) Jill Krementz.
(b) Mark Vonnegut.
(c) John Yale.
(d) Bill Pilgrim.

5. What will bust up all cultures and create a Third-World planet?
(a) Capitalism.
(b) Colonialism.
(c) Socialism.
(d) Communism.

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

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

8. What is the subtitle of SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE?
(a) "The Children's Crusade."
(b) "The Last Crusade."
(c) "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
(d) "A Mature Decision."

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

10. For Vonnegut writing books is like what?
(a) Riding a bike.
(b) Eating a peanut butter sandwich.
(c) Singing a song.
(d) Any other job.

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

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

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

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

15. 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 isolated geographically and members agree on what life is about and behave uniformly.
(d) It is a wide-spread belief in diversity and acceptance of others.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Vonnegut dream the world will be like in 1,000 years?

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

4. Why are Germans frightening?

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

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