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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. Unlike many short-lived 20th-century art movements, what movement has more enthusiasts than ever?
(a) Photo Realism.
(b) Abstract Expressionism.
(c) Impressionism.
(d) Post Modernism.

2. Why does Vonnegut become cranky when hearing his requiem performed?
(a) The synthesizer music overpowers the lyrics.
(b) The choir mispronounces the lyrics.
(c) The choir director conducts too quickly.
(d) The synthesizer music is not loud enough.

3. Even after many years, what is imprinted in Vonnegut's mind?
(a) Lake Michigan where he played in the sand.
(b) Geist Lake where he went boating.
(c) Culver Lake where he is a lifeguard.
(d) Lake Maxincuckee where he swims with his siblings.

4. What does Vonnegut believe about professional artists' opinions on vocal third parties, such as critics, curators, and collectors?
(a) They like to receive criticism from third parties.
(b) They are happiest when they do not have to worry about other's opinions.
(c) They love to create work for collectors.
(d) They constantly ask for approval from critics, curators, and collectors.

5. What government authority has several of its members involved in financial or sexual atrocities, as well as advocating for civilians to be armed with assault rifles?
(a) The Attorney General's Commission Civil Rights.
(b) The Attorney General's Commission on Gun Control.
(c) The Attorney General's Commission on Religious Freedom.
(d) The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do psychiatrists believe Mark is a misdiagnosed depressive?

2. Vonnegut Sr. is denied his dreams by what event?

3. The Attorney General's Commission believes that sufferers of what disease get what they deserve?

4. What choir performs Vonnegut's requiem?

5. Of what consisting of upper and lower houses is Hemingway a member?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are two characteristics of Jackson Pollock's work?

4. What is the Reverend's opinion on banning objectionable books?

5. Of what significant Indianapolis building is Father the founder? Why is he bitter over the additions made on this building?

6. The 20th century is the first to get reliable information about the human condition. Why does Vonnegut believe that this could be a bad thing?

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

8. Why does Father not enjoy working as an architect?

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 does Vonnegut say when his book is burned?

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