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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 create during his summers at Lake Maxincuckee in southern Indiana?

2. Why does the general at the ROTC inspection write down Vonnegut's name, which seems to lead to Vonnegut never rising above Private First Class?

3. The author pictures his father as what fictional character waiting for a prince to awaken his career?

4. What is the best reason for why Vonnegut's family keeps his mother's insanity and suicide a secret?

5. Why does Vonnegut like to write pieces for Architectural Digest?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Vonnegut's requiem mass differ from Andrew Lloyd Webber's?

2. What is Vonnegut's opinion of liberty?

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

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

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

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

7. Although Jill Krementz attends private schools and vacations with the rich as a child, how does she support herself as an adult?

8. Describe the city of Dresden.

9. What makes Alice a lazy artist?

10. A unicorn, it is said, will lay its head in a maiden's lap if she sits in a forest clearing. Why is Vonnegut's sister, Alice, the maiden to Father's unicorn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The First Amendment allows Americans the freedom of speech and the press.

Part 1) Although Vonnegut supports this, why does this freedom upset him? Give examples from the text.

Part 2) What part of the First Amendment does the NRA use to support its cause? Do you agree with the way the NRA interprets this freedom?

Part 3) Write a letter to the NRA expressing your opinion about its interpretation of the First Amendment.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Vonnegut poses the question "what are people for?"

Part 1) What do you believe Vonnegut thinks people are for?

Part 2) What do you think people are for?

Part 3) Based on these beliefs, are people being successful at serving their purpose on Earth? Why or why not?

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