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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 causes the author's mother's untreated insanity?

2. What is the date of Vonnegut's requiem's premier?

3. Does Vonnegut believe that most civilians can be considered a "well-regulated militia?"

4. Who is nearing economic, legal, and social equality only in Vonnegut's lifetime?

5. Who founds the Indianapolis chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1955?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. A master's degree in anthropology has taught Vonnegut the "villains" are culture, society and history, not drugs. What proof does Vonnegut give of this belief?

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

4. Compare and contrast the character Billy Pilgrim to the character's model, Joe Crone.

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

6. Why does Father not enjoy working as an architect?

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

8. Name one similarity and one difference between Jane and Vonnegut.

9. Describe the city of Dresden.

10. What historical information does Vonnegut give about requiem masses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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