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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. In which art form does Father show promise before the Great Depression?

2. Why does the Spanish Civil War give Hemingway material rather than World War I?

3. When does Vonnegut get sick?

4. Vonnegut uses examinations of history, literature, psychology and what else to move his story forward?

5. What is his home on Lake Maxincuckee?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two reasons Vonnegut is skeptical of Christianity?

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

3. A master's degree in anthropology has taught Vonnegut the "villains" are culture, society and history, not drugs. What proof does Vonnegut give of this belief?

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

5. What are two things Vonnegut does not like about President Bush?

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

7. What is the Folk Society?

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

9. Why is the Italian translator, Roberta Rambelli, Vonnegut's favorite?

10. Describe Vonnegut's experiences at Lake Maxincuckee.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Writing books is like any other job, according to Vonnegut.

Part 1) Why does Vonnegut think writing is no more special than any other job?

Part 2) Would you be okay with doing a job that was not important or special to you? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you find any jobs to be more important or more satisfying than others? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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