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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is nearing economic, legal, and social equality only in Vonnegut's lifetime?

2. What is the best reason for why Vonnegut's family keeps his mother's insanity and suicide a secret?

3. Even after many years, what is imprinted in Vonnegut's mind?

4. What does the author use as a recurrent symbol of U.S. political stupidities?

5. What does Vonnegut tell Hemingway scholars defines his fellow Midwesterner?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a possible reason for Jane's English relatives not wanting her to marry a German?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What does Hemingway share with Vonnegut?

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

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

8. What makes Alice a lazy artist?

9. How does Vonnegut's requiem mass differ from Andrew Lloyd Webber's?

10. What examples does Vonnegut give to show that male bonding is important to men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Television has created a generation that needs not fight to be disillusioned about war.

Part 1) Give examples of how television has been able to do this.

Part 2) Name two other ways television has bettered our society. Explain.

Part 3) What other technology has bettered our world? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Vonnegut is continually unhappy with Christianity throughout the book.

Part 1) Give examples of the behavior of Christians mentioned in the book that would strengthen this attitude towards Christianity.

Part 2) How do groups of Christians mentioned go against or change the meaning of the Bible?

Part 3) Although Vonnegut is not a Christian, he spends quite a bit of time in churches. Do you think, based on his opinion of Christianity, he should have been allowed to speak in churches? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The Women's Liberation Movement coincides with Jill Krementz's blossoming into womanhood.

Part 1) How does Jill act like a woman involved in this movement?

Part 2) What would you ignore or go without to have more freedoms?

Part 3) Do you believe Jill is brave for the way she lives her life? Why or why not?

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