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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 is the name of the infant that the Vonneguts adopt?
(a) Rachel.
(b) Leslie.
(c) Rose.
(d) Lily.

2. Vonnegut uses examinations of history, literature, psychology and what else to move his story forward?
(a) art.
(b) dance.
(c) automobiles.
(d) fashion.

3. In Fates Worse Than Death, humorist Kurt Vonnegut examines the blindness of the American people to the hypocrisy of what administration?
(a) Clinton Administration.
(b) Carter Administration.
(c) Smith Administration.
(d) Reagan Administration.

4. What are heavy among the writers Vonnegut cares about?
(a) Their weights.
(b) Their hearts.
(c) Their appetites.
(d) Casualties.

5. Who is the composer who sets Vonnegut's Latin translation to music?
(a) Edgar Grana.
(b) Dame Edna.
(c) Edith Wharton.
(d) Edgar Degas.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Attorney General's Commission compares anything that sounds like the Sermon on the Mount to what?

2. What date lives forever in infamy for Vonnegut?

3. Vonnegut is enthusiastic about Pollock's work, but what does he feel is missing from Pollock's paintings?

4. To what author's work does Vonnegut compare the Bill of Rights' First Amendment?

5. What art form does Kurt Vonnegut Sr. take up after he retires?

Short Essay Questions

1. Although the subtitle of SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is "The Children's Crusade," what are the average ages mentioned of those who died in war?

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

3. Name two things Vonnegut mentions in his letter to the future.

4. What is the Folk Society?

5. What is one similarity and one difference between the author and Elie Wiesel?

6. What is Vonnegut's opinion of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters? Support your answer.

7. How does Jill embody the Women's Liberation Movement? How does this attitude toward life make her a better person?

8. A master's degree in anthropology has taught Vonnegut the "villains" are culture, society and history, not drugs. What proof does Vonnegut give of this belief?

9. Although Jill Krementz attends private schools and vacations with the rich as a child, how does she support herself as an adult?

10. What are two reasons Vonnegut is skeptical of Christianity?

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