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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 believe all women bottle inside of themselves, which his mother releases unwittingly at midnight?

3. To what author's work does Vonnegut compare the Bill of Rights' First Amendment?

4. What is Vonnegut's sarcasm referring to when he mentions scales falling from his eyes?

5. Who translates Vonnegut's requiem into Latin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Vonnegut's experiences at Lake Maxincuckee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How can you tell Vonnegut does not value medals and awards?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vonnegut believes all writers grow dated.

Part 1) Give a detailed example of proof that this belief could be true.

Part 2) Explain a similarity between Father's architecture career with this belief.

Part 3) How has this belief affected Vonnegut's own writing?

Essay Topic 2

Vonnegut says he does not care if he is remembered when he dies.

Part 1) What examples of authors does he give who do want to be remembered?

Part 2) Compare and contrast the reasons why Vonnegut and other writers may or may not want to be remembered.

Part 3) Do you want to be remembered when you die? 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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