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

2. What does Vonnegut believe it is time to hear?

3. Who translates Vonnegut's requiem into Latin?

4. Even after many years, what is imprinted in Vonnegut's mind?

5. Who is the model for Vonnegut's Bill Pilgrim in SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the city of Dresden.

6. 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?

7. Describe Vonnegut's experiences at Lake Maxincuckee.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vonnegut says young writers should moralize in a reader-friendly way.

Part 1) Why do you think he says this?

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

Essay Topic 2

The First Amendment allows Americans the freedom of speech and the press.

Part 1) Although Vonnegut supports this, why does this freedom upset him? Give examples from the text.

Part 2) What part of the First Amendment does the NRA use to support its cause? Do you agree with the way the NRA interprets this freedom?

Part 3) Write a letter to the NRA expressing your opinion about its interpretation of the First Amendment.

Essay Topic 3

The Women's Liberation Movement coincides with Jill Krementz's blossoming into womanhood.

Part 1) How does Jill act like a woman involved in this movement?

Part 2) What would you ignore or go without to have more freedoms?

Part 3) Do you believe Jill is brave for the way she lives her life? Why or why not?

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