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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 does the man in "The Power of Belief," try to convince people of?
(a) He is wealthy.
(b) He is smart.
(c) He is dead.
(d) He is a horse.

2. According to Faust, what is external, objective knowledge good for?
(a) Finding the truth.
(b) Getting into college.
(c) Writing a book.
(d) Reading a map.

3. Who is the first family in "Raising Cain: A Case History of the First Family"?
(a) Adam, Eve, Cain, and Able.
(b) The Bush family.
(c) Adam and Eve.
(d) The Clinton family.

4. At the end of "Soaring", what does the baby bird enjoy?
(a) His family.
(b) Food.
(c) Freedom.
(d) His friends.

5. What does Cassandra believe people should do instead of seek answers?
(a) Ask questions.
(b) Pray.
(c) Write books.
(d) Go to war.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the bird couple in "Soaring" feel about their youngest?

2. What does baby bird leave forever at the end of "Soaring"?

3. What image do baby bird's parents want to project in "Soaring"?

4. What do Faust and Oedipus do together in the Interlude?

5. Why does the man in "An American Holly" move the plant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the line "the essential difficulty in trying to communicate with another is how to get past the interference of the resistance demons who inhabit that other" mean?

2. What finally convinces baby bird to leave the nest?

3. What is the common moral in "An American Holly" and "The Power of Belief"?

4. How does Edwin H. Friedman suggest people open themselves up to better communication?

5. What does Oedipus argue is the best way for humans to find truth?

6. What does Faust argue is the best way for humans to find truth?

7. How are the characters of Faust and Oedipus similar?

8. How does the interlude end?

9. What is Edwin H. Friedman's relationship to his characters?

10. Why does the man on the rope in "The Bridge" think the first man is being selfish?

(see the answer keys)

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