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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 do Vonnegut's grown children jointly own?

2. He says his father is a rarity among Hoosiers. What other fantasy creature does the author compare his father to?

3. Why can Vonnegut not get married at an Episcopalian church?

4. What causes the author's mother's untreated insanity?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is RENAMO destroying the beautiful country of Mozambique?

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

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

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

5. What is Vonnegut's opinion of liberty?

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

7. Vonnegut says children relate to the Universe as a one-on-one playmate. What profession does the same? When would members of this profession no longer play this way?

8. How does Jane Cox deal with her loneliness when her children are grown and move out?

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

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

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 considers some people saints.

Part 1) Name two people he considers saints. Why?

Part 2) What do you believe the requirements are for being considered a saint?

Part 3) Who in your life would you consider a saint? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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