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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 is the definition of this society of which Dr. Robert Redfield speaks?

2. What do many of Vonnegut's books, including this one, not include?

3. What tough question does Vonnegut's book "Player Piano" ask?

4. What pictures would Vonnegut hang if he were president of MIT?

5. According to Vonnegut's speech, what power do the MIT graduates have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Vonnegut believe Alcoholics Anonymous is the U.S.'s most nurturing contribution to planetary culture?

2. What is Vonnegut's opinion on war?

3. What terrible thing happens to sufferers of "Folk Society Deficiency," or FSD? Give an example.

4. What are two reasons Vonnegut is skeptical of Christianity?

5. Why does Vonnegut believe Colonialism will bust up all cultures and create a Third World planet?

6. What are some examples of humorists who have lost their humor after a certain age? How has their humor been lost?

7. Why is the Italian translator, Roberta Rambelli, Vonnegut's favorite?

8. Why do the MIT graduates applaud politely but not take Vonnegut seriously?

9. How are ex-hippies more scarred than Vietnam veterans?

10. How is Vonnegut different from other authors mentioned in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of organizations such as CARE and World Vision? IF you organized your own association, what would it be called? What would be the purpose of your organization?

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

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?

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