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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. Who is Gaylord Koffritz?
(a) Renata's former husband.
(b) The judge at the divorce trial.
(c) A dear friend of Charlie's.
(d) Denise's lawyer.

2. What is Charlie's only real asset?
(a) His brain.
(b) His car.
(c) His home.
(d) His books.

3. What article of writing does Charlie consider selling before realizing no one would be eager to buy it?
(a) "Mining Beryllium in Africa."
(b) "A Sack of Exotic Burlap."
(c) "The Babylonian Talmud."
(d) "Great Bores of the Modern World."

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

5. What happens to Hildenfisch at the racquet ball club?
(a) He befriends Charlie.
(b) He wins at Cut-Throat.
(c) Langobardi threatens him.
(d) He dies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Senora's chief claim to fame founded upon?

2. What does Charlie want to do when Scaccia demands money from him on behalf of Humboldt?

3. What does Renata think of Cantabile's suggestion that he rub out Denise for Charlie?

4. Why does Cantabile stay behind in the bathroom after speaking with Charlie?

5. What does Charlie tell Polly about his medal of honor?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Charlie returns to Chicago after ignoring Humboldt on the streets of New York, he tells Denise about the incident. What, in his story about being on the helicopter with Dr. Longstaff from the old days, is ironic?

2. When Charlie is being told by Judge Urbanovich that he cannot be allowed to dabble in the middle class and then drop out, how does Charlie react?

3. What is the connection between Charlie's friend, George Swiebel, and Renata's former husband, Gaylord Koffritz?

4. How do Charlie and Renata first get together?

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

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

7. Why does Humboldt tell Charlie that he wants Adlai Stevenson to win the election over Eisenhower?

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

9. Humboldt basically dies a failure in society's eyes. What, upon his death, brings him back to prominence?

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

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