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

2. What does the U.S. allow for 100 years before diagnosing it as a social disease and fighting it?

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

4. To what does Vonnegut compare the lyrics of the new requiem setting?

5. Vonnegut is enthusiastic about Pollock's work, but what does he feel is missing from Pollock's paintings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What examples does Vonnegut give to show that male bonding is important to men?

2. The 20th century is the first to get reliable information about the human condition. Why does Vonnegut believe that this could be a bad thing?

3. Why does Vonnegut write his own mass?

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

5. What is Vonnegut's opinion of liberty?

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

7. What is Vonnegut's opinion of the traditional requiem mass?

8. 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?

9. How has Hemingway grown dated?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mental illness affects several discussed throughout the book.

Part 1) What could be the cause(s) of the Vonnegut family's mental illness?

Part 2) How does Vonnegut's mother's suicide affect his life?

Part 3) How might Vonnegut feel about his own son's mental illness?

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

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?

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