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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. Who buys the lake house but allows Vonnegut and his bride to honeymoon there?

2. Who translates Vonnegut's requiem into Latin?

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

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

5. The Reverend wants which amendment to conform to his version of Christianity?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to John Yale, what is the Mozambican's true enemy? Why?

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

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

5. What does Vonnegut say when his book is burned?

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

7. What are some examples of humorists who have lost their humor after a certain age? How has their humor been lost?

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

9. Why do the MIT graduates applaud politely but not take Vonnegut seriously?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Today's rulers are doing nothing to Nature's stern but reasonable surrender terms.

Part 1) Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Part 2) What efforts do you make to help the planet?

Part 3) How do you see our planet in 1,000 years?

Essay Topic 2

People use a variety of techniques to relieve stress and the pressures of life.

Part 1) What are the techniques Vonnegut names?

Part 2) Do they seem to work?

Part 3) What do you do to relieve stress? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Vonnegut claims the U.S.'s most nurturing contribution to planetary culture is Alcoholics Anonymous.

Part 1) Why does he believe this?

Part 2) Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

Part 3) What else has the U.S. contributed to better the planet?

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