Fates Worse Than Death Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. For Vonnegut writing books is like what?

2. What is Mark's only crime against his government?

3. Vonnegut compares the young people he addresses to what character in Camelot?

4. In THE NATION what does Vonnegut claim is the U.S.'s most nurturing contribution to planetary culture?

5. What is an example of a book that Vonnegut believes moralizes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why should many people take offense to privileged Vonnegut?

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

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

4. What have other cultures done to oppress Germans and those of German descent?

5. How is RENAMO destroying the beautiful country of Mozambique?

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

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

8. Name two things Vonnegut mentions in his letter to the future.

9. What is Vonnegut's opinion on war?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Writing books is like any other job, according to Vonnegut.

Part 1) Why does Vonnegut think writing is no more special than any other job?

Part 2) Would you be okay with doing a job that was not important or special to you? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you find any jobs to be more important or more satisfying than others? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography is created to protect the public from immoral literature.

Part 1) Does the United States have the right to decide what is moral or immoral? Why or why not?

Part 2) Give examples from the text that reveal the beliefs of this Commission.

Part 3) Do all the members of the Commission "practice what they preach?"

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