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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 disease did Charlie suffer from as a boy?
(a) Leukemia.
(b) Polio.
(c) Pneumonia.
(d) Tuberculosis.

2. Who does Cantabile bring with him to visit Charlie?
(a) His wife.
(b) His wife's friend from college.
(c) Denise.
(d) Renata.

3. When Humboldt and Kathleen visit Charlie after Humboldt had just given a reading at Yale, what does Kathleen intimate to Charlie she plans to do?
(a) Get hold of Humboldt's money.
(b) Stay with Humboldt, no matter what he does to her.
(c) Have Humboldt murdered.
(d) Leave Humboldt.

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

5. What is the Senora's chief claim to fame founded upon?
(a) Hairstyling.
(b) Artistry.
(c) Motherhood.
(d) Cooking.

Short Answer Questions

1. What article of writing does Charlie consider selling before realizing no one would be eager to buy it?

2. For how many years are Humboldt and Citrine estranged?

3. Whose long letters does Charlie read while waiting on jury duty?

4. What does Humboldt tell Charlie he is charging him with in a lawsuit?

5. Who is Pierre Thaxter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Charlie and Renata first get together?

3. When Judge Urbanovich questions Charlie about his frequent trips to Europe, what does Charlie come to realize about Chicago and the judge?

4. What does Humboldt believe Kathleen's father did to her to keep her away from Humboldt?

5. Charlie plays racquetball with Vito LangobardiIn, a big-time hoodlum. In what way is Charlie attached to Vito?

6. Humboldt cashes in Charlie's "blood-brother" check. How is this done at a very bad time in Charlie's life?

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. Which of Charlie's family members does he briefly compare Langobardi to?

9. 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?

10. Charlie Citrine, as an elderly man, looks for something along the curbs in Chicago. What does he search for and why?

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