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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the Reverend oppose?
(a) stemcell research.
(b) Divorce.
(c) Using fertility drugs to become pregnant.
(d) The demi-god given right to consider any idea one wants.

2. He says his father is a rarity among Hoosiers. What other fantasy creature does the author compare his father to?
(a) Unicorn.
(b) Pegasus.
(c) Griffin.
(d) Dragon.

3. What does Vonnegut say happens to American literary history, that "generations" of writers are separated by less than twenty years?
(a) They are very young.
(b) They have been so foreshortened.
(c) There are more people being born.
(d) There are more writers.

4. Besides Indianapolis what other U.S. city is designed by the architect L'Enfant?
(a) Seattle, Washington.
(b) Washington, D.C.
(c) Columbus, OH.
(d) Baltimore, MD.

5. He compares his adventures at Lake Maxincuckee to what explorer?
(a) Marco Polo.
(b) Christopher Columbus.
(c) Leif Ericson.
(d) Franz Ferdinand.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the U.S. allow for 100 years before diagnosing it as a social disease and fighting it?

2. How is the character Bill Pilgrim different from Joe Crone?

3. To what does Vonnegut compare the lyrics of the new requiem setting?

4. What causes the author's mother's untreated insanity?

5. What does Vonnegut create during his summers at Lake Maxincuckee in southern Indiana?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are four things Vonnegut and O'Hare have in common?

2. How is Father's reaction to praise for his artwork different from his daughter's?

3. What historical information does Vonnegut give about requiem masses?

4. What makes Alice a lazy artist?

5. Why does Vonnegut say the NRA is incorrect in its use of Article II of the Bill of Rights?

6. What is Vonnegut's opinion of liberty?

7. What does Hemingway share with Vonnegut?

8. What does Vonnegut say when his book is burned?

9. Describe the city of Dresden.

10. What is Vonnegut's opinion of the traditional requiem mass?

(see the answer keys)

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