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. How do the MIT students react to Vonnegut's speech?

2. Vonnegut's 1990 article in the New York Times observes that American humorists/satirists grow to be what past a certain age?

3. What Joseph Conrad novel depicts whites as highly evolved and others as monkeys without tails?

4. Who is the author of THE KILIMANJARO DEVICE?

5. What will bust up all cultures and create a Third-World planet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How has Vonnegut's belief in the cause of mental illness changed since the beginning of the book? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the Folk Society?

10. What is Vonnegut's opinion on war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Father and Alice are encouraged in their art making.

Part 1) How do their reactions differ? How does this affect their futures as artists?

Part 2) How do you react from encouragement and praise?

Part 3) Describe a time when someone's opinion influenced your actions. Did it result in a positive outcome?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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