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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. What kind of disease is contracted by the family cat?
(a) Parvovirus.
(b) Distemper.
(c) Heartworms.
(d) Rabies.

2. The man talks about attaching one of the creatures to which of the following?
(a) Hose.
(b) Bumper.
(c) Chain.
(d) Wall.

3. In "Subtotals," a man is obsessed with which of the following?
(a) Insects.
(b) Counting things.
(c) Tennis.
(d) Diseases.

4. In thinking about pumpkins, the man thinks about his childhood illness and cans of which chilled fruit?
(a) Pears.
(b) Oranges.
(c) Cherries.
(d) Peaches.

5. A woman contemplates making a phone call to which of the following?
(a) Lover's wife.
(b) Husband's mistress.
(c) Doctor.
(d) Lawyer.

Short Answer Questions

1. The man takes a bus to New York City and finds a room next to which famous location?

2. What is the woman's name?

3. What are the people complaining about in "From the Floodlands?"

4. Mr. Mumsford threatens to kill a man using what weapon?

5. Where do the old stones want to stay?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main issue with Jimmy in the beginning of "Ponderosa?"

2. "A Public Denial" tells a somewhat humorous story about a man trying to clear his deceased grandfather's name. What killed the old man?

3. Explain the actions of the bears in Chile in "Brilliant Silence." Why do the bears act this way?

4. Why does the girl think the U.S. is being attacked by Russian missiles?

5. In "Love Poems," a man is inspired to write a love poem to his mistress. It is the best poem the man has ever written. Discuss the man's work and what he does with it in the end.

6. What causes the car accident in "Pumpkins?"

7. Discuss the meaning behind the man's action in "Fingers."

8. What temporarily dissuades the couple from making love in "True Love?"

9. Discuss the opening scene in "Ponderosa."

10. In "Mandy Shupe," a mother tells her young daughter about Mandy Shupe, a Mennonite woman who goes a bit wild. The basic story is told and the mother's purpose for the parable as well as the grown up daughter's reaction explained.

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