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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. Whose long boring dinners, as Djilas describes them, does Charlie think of?
(a) Stalin's.
(b) Roosevelt's.
(c) Hitler's.
(d) Churchill's.

2. Why does Cantabile stay behind in the bathroom after speaking with Charlie?
(a) To retrieve his bullets.
(b) To use the facilities.
(c) To rethink the conversation.
(d) To finish shaving.

3. Who arranges to meet with Charlie at the Art Institute?
(a) Pierre Thaxter.
(b) Rinaldo Cantabile.
(c) Renata.
(d) His brother, Julius.

4. Who is Signor Caldofreddo?
(a) A character in Humboldt and Charlie's movie script.
(b) Charlie's tailor.
(c) Humboldt's personal physician.
(d) An associate of Cantabile's.

5. Where does Cantabile want Charlie to go with him once they meet in the street outside the Baths?
(a) To a deserted alley.
(b) To the sauna.
(c) To the bathroom.
(d) To his car.

Short Answer Questions

1. What ultimately happens to Humboldt's chair position at Princeton?

2. What film director did Humboldt admire?

3. How do Renata and Charlie first meet?

4. What does Humboldt say about Citrine winning the Pulitzer Prize for his book?

5. What is Charlie's only real asset?

Short Essay Questions

1. Charlie goes to the Russian Baths to give Cantabile his money. What is Cantabile's demeanor like when he gets out of his car to meet Charlie outside the Baths?

2. Humboldt used to accuse Charlie of trying to spend his whole life in the upper stories of higher consciousness. What is Humboldt's definition of higher consciousness?

3. How does Humboldt end up getting over six thousand dollars from Charlie after Charlie has a successful Broadway show?

4. Why does Pierre Thaxter rush to get into Cantabile's car and forgo buying the fish knives he had set out to purchase?

5. What does the protagonist mean when it is stated that, ". . . after all Broadway adjoins the garment district and blends with it?"

6. What are Charlie's ideas concerning boredom?

7. What is Humboldt's reaction when Charlie tells him that the Chair, Ricketts, cannot give Humboldt a Poetry Chair because of budgetary reasons?

8. In what way is Scaccia, the detective, blackmailing Charlie?

9. How does Cantabile make it clear to Charlie that he thinks he is vain?

10. How has Cantabile's attitude towards Charlie changed?

(see the answer keys)

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