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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. How does Vonnegut believe a writer's opinion about vocal third parties differs from that of a visual artist?

2. What does Vonnegut tell 1990 graduates of the University of Rhode Island?

3. What art form does Kurt Vonnegut Sr. take up after he retires?

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

5. What mental illness does the author's son suffer and recover from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How has Hemingway grown dated?

3. What makes Alice a lazy artist?

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

5. What is Vonnegut's opinion of the First Amendment?

6. How does Jill embody the Women's Liberation Movement? How does this attitude toward life make her a better person?

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

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

9. What does FATES WORSE THAN DEATH by humorist Kurt Vonnegut contain?

10. Why does Vonnegut greatly admire anything Anonymous, for example, Alcoholics Anonymous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dresden was firebombed in retaliation for previous attacks on the British during World War II.

Part 1) Was Dresden a good choice for the military to bomb? Why or why not?

Part 2) How would you feel if you had been a POW in Dresden during the firebombing?

Part 3) Are there any cities in the world that have been bombed but you feel shouldn't have been?

Essay Topic 3

What is the purpose of organizations such as CARE and World Vision? IF you organized your own association, what would it be called? What would be the purpose of your organization?

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