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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. According to the Attorney General's Commission, what is worth its expensive price tag?
(a) billion-dollar condominiums.
(b) billion-dollar NASA spacecraft.
(c) billion-dollar financial institutions.
(d) billion-dollar airplanes.

2. Why did Jane Cox's relatives question her marriage to Vonnegut?
(a) They do not trust Vonnegut.
(b) They think she is too young to marry.
(c) They worry about her getting mixed up with Germans.
(d) They think she is not healthy enough to marry.

3. What novel about the state of people's portable souls does Jane ask Vonnegut to read?
(a) The Brothers Karamazov.
(b) Blood Diamond.
(c) The Brothers Grimm.
(d) Blood Brothers.

4. Does Vonnegut believe that most civilians can be considered a "well-regulated militia?"
(a) Only men can be part of a militia.
(b) Most civilians can be considered a "well-regulated militia."
(c) Only those civilians who pass a test should be considered part of a militia.
(d) Not unless they are recruited, led, motivated, or restrained by anything but their own perceptions.

5. Where does Vonnegut attempt to get his own requiem mass translated into Latin but is denied?
(a) SUNY Purchase.
(b) NYU.
(c) Fordham.
(d) Columbia.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Vonnegut's sarcasm referring to when he mentions scales falling from his eyes?

2. Who buys the lake house but allows Vonnegut and his bride to honeymoon there?

3. How much does Vonnegut believe is enough to make a masterpiece? Beyond that, it is like empty talk at the end of a party.

4. In what year does the author's father die?

5. What does Vonnegut believe is declining but could return?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can you tell Vonnegut does not value medals and awards?

2. Why does Vonnegut write his own mass?

3. What is Vonnegut's opinion of the First Amendment?

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

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

6. How are the Reverend and the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography the same?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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