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J.D. Vance
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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. When does Vance describe The Yale Law Journal writing competition kicking off in Chapter 13?
(a) June.
(b) April.
(c) May.
(d) July.

2. What amount of money does Vance describe as unreasonable as a salary in Middletown, but the salary that graduates of Yale Law School expected to earn in their first year out of school in Chapter 12?
(a) $100,000.
(b) $120,000.
(c) $160,000.
(d) $200,000.

3. What verse from the Bible did Vance read on Mamaw's death bed?
(a) James: 14: 1.
(b) Genesis, 3: 15.
(c) Corinthians, 13: 12.
(d) Genesis: 15: 7.

4. What is the name of the author's dog that Vance describes in his nightmare in the Conclusion?
(a) Tiger.
(b) Jackson.
(c) Casper.
(d) Echo.

5. What are referred to as the mythical "top three" law schools in Chapter 12?
(a) Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford.
(b) Rutgers, Princeton, and Yale.
(c) Yale, Princeton, and Brown.
(d) Yale, Harvard, and Stanford.

Short Answer Questions

1. What celebrity did Mamaw consider to be the embodiment of the American Dream, according to Vance in Chapter 10?

2. At what store in Washington, D.C. does Vance describe standing in before Christmas last year in the Conclusion?

3. Where does author J. D. Vance currently live?

4. What law firm did Vance get invited to a dinner with after his first interviews at Yale Law, hosted at an elite New Haven restaurant?

5. What is the story of Brian's mother in the Conclusion?

Short Essay Questions

1. What relationship difficulties does Vance discuss in Chapter 14?

2. How does Vance describe the motel in Middletown in Chapter 15?

3. What does "learned helplessness" mean and how does Vance address it in Hillbilly Elegy?

4. How does Vance describe his experiences of fitting in at Yale Law School?

5. How did Mamaw feel about Vance's decision to join the Marine Corps? Why?

6. How does Vance describe his years at Ohio State University?

7. Who is Brian and why does Vance discuss him in the Conclusion?

8. What led to Vance's decision to join the Marine Corps?

9. How does Vance perceive American politics in regards to how they are judged in poor communities in his Conclusion?

10. Why did Vance initially not apply to the top law schools? What changed his mind?

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