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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which room do the Purifiers seek?
(a) The Reading Room.
(b) The exit.
(c) The Crimson Circle.
(d) The Crimson Hexagon.

2. In "The Circular Ruins," what happens to the body organ in the protagonist's dream?
(a) It grows and develops into a man.
(b) It grows and develops into a woman.
(c) It rises into the air.
(d) It disappears.

3. From what point of view is "The Library of Babel" written?
(a) Third person.
(b) First person.
(c) Second person.
(d) Second person omniscient.

4. Who is the student searching for in "The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim"?
(a) The Hindu family.
(b) The blind astrologer.
(c) A saint who walks the Earth.
(d) The Moslem family.

5. What body organ begins a dream of the protagonist in "The Circular Ruins"?
(a) A hand.
(b) A heart.
(c) An ear.
(d) An eye.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the lottery cause?

2. What does the narrator believe will eventually happen to the planet on which he lives?

3. From what point of view is "An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain" written?

4. Where does the narrator discover "The First Encyclopedia of Tlon"?

5. What does the protagonist of "The Circular Ruins" learn about himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What opinion does Pierre Menard have of Cervantes' "Don Quixote"?

2. In "The Circular Ruins," what fear does the protagonist have for his son?

3. Describe Dr. Yu Tsun.

4. What is discovered among the late Herbert Ashe's belongings?

5. Describe Al-Mu'tasim.

6. Describe Herbert Quain.

7. What opinion does the narrator of "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote" have of Menard's work?

8. According to the narrator, what is the most important theme of "The Approach of Al-Mu'tasim"?

9. Why is the student trying to find Al-Mu'tasim?

10. In "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," what dispute arises from the discussion about mirrors?

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