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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. Why is Algren bitter over his masterpiece, The Man with the Golden Arm?

2. According to the Attorney General's Commission, what is worth its expensive price tag?

3. What date lives forever in infamy for Vonnegut?

4. In Fates Worse Than Death, humorist Kurt Vonnegut examines the blindness of the American people to the hypocrisy of what administration?

5. The gestation period of 'possums is twelve days and Indian elephants twenty-two months. What does the author believe is the gestation period for American liberty?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why do the Vonneguts give themselves a Native American tribal name?

6. Describe Vonnegut's experiences at Lake Maxincuckee.

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

8. Compare and contrast the character Billy Pilgrim to the character's model, Joe Crone.

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

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

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 says young writers should moralize in a reader-friendly way.

Part 1) Why do you think he says this?

Part 2) Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Vonnegut claims the U.S.'s most nurturing contribution to planetary culture is Alcoholics Anonymous.

Part 1) Why does he believe this?

Part 2) Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

Part 3) What else has the U.S. contributed to better the planet?

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