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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. What does Vonnegut say happens to American literary history, that "generations" of writers are separated by less than twenty years?

2. Vonnegut believes that the goal in the U.S. is only to train intelligent, well-educated people to do what?

3. Why is Vonnegut drawn to the text?

4. What does Vonnegut believe it is time to hear?

5. Dr. Nancy Andreassen finds that people in what profession tend to be depressive or come from depressive families more often than in the general public?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name one similarity and one difference between Jane and Vonnegut.

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

3. 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?

4. What does Hemingway share with Vonnegut?

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

6. What is Vonnegut's opinion of the traditional requiem mass?

7. What is Vonnegut's opinion of liberty?

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

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 is Vonnegut's opinion of the First Amendment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Both Father and Alice are encouraged in their art making.

Part 1) How do their reactions differ? How does this affect their futures as artists?

Part 2) How do you react from encouragement and praise?

Part 3) Describe a time when someone's opinion influenced your actions. Did it result in a positive outcome?

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