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. Why are Germans frightening?

3. How do jokes work?

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

5. Although people with acute mental disorder are less often written off as hopeless, why is there still a lack of certainty for patients and their families?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. According to John Yale, what is the Mozambican's true enemy? Why?

7. How does Jane Cox deal with her loneliness when her children are grown and move out?

8. Although the subtitle of SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is "The Children's Crusade," what are the average ages mentioned of those who died in war?

9. What does the "Kilimanjaro Device" give as an alternative to Hemingway's shooting himself in the head?

10. What does Vonnegut mean when he tells the MIT graduates that they have the power to turn loose or reign in enormous forces?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vonnegut says he does not care if he is remembered when he dies.

Part 1) What examples of authors does he give who do want to be remembered?

Part 2) Compare and contrast the reasons why Vonnegut and other writers may or may not want to be remembered.

Part 3) Do you want to be remembered when you die? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Vonnegut considers some people saints.

Part 1) Name two people he considers saints. Why?

Part 2) What do you believe the requirements are for being considered a saint?

Part 3) Who in your life would you consider a saint? Why?

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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