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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 Vonnegut feel lucky to have been born in Indianapolis?

3. Whose art does Father celebrate, as if it is a Pieta or Sistine chapel ceiling?

4. According to the Attorney General's Commission, what is worth its expensive price tag?

5. The Reverend finds "Slaughterhouse Five", as well as "Deliverance" and "Catcher in the Rye," falling short in what way?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hemingway share with Vonnegut?

2. 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?

3. What are four things Vonnegut and O'Hare have in common?

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

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

6. Why does Vonnegut write his own mass?

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

8. What is a possible reason for Jane's English relatives not wanting her to marry a German?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Vonnegut does not believe Liberty has yet to be born.

Part 1) Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Part 2) What can you do to bring about the birth of Liberty?

Part 3) How do you see progression of liberty over the next 100 years?

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