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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 does Cantabile take Charlie to meet in the Hancock Building?
(a) A distant relative of President Harding.
(b) An old man who deals in jewelry.
(c) A Japanese martial arts expert.
(d) A newspaper columnist.

2. Who hires the psychiatrist, specializing in sex, for Charlie to talk with?
(a) Demmie.
(b) Charlie.
(c) Humboldt.
(d) Denise.

3. Who is Desperate Ambrose?
(a) A man wanted by the FBI.
(b) A mafiosa friend of Cantabile's.
(c) An old film star from the twentie's.
(d) A little kid in the funnies.

4. Where is Charlie's family originally from?
(a) London.
(b) Germany.
(c) Kiev.
(d) Poland.

5. Who arranges for Renata and Charlie to get together at a subway bar?
(a) Scheldt.
(b) Koffritz.
(c) Szathmar.
(d) Karamazov.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is President of the United States when Charlie and his then-wife, Denise, are invited to the White House?

2. Whose long boring dinners, as Djilas describes them, does Charlie think of?

3. What is anthroposophy?

4. Who is Pierre Thaxter?

5. Why does Srole think Urbanovich wants to help Denise?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the difference between Charlie's ex-wife, Denise, and his new girlfriend, Renata?

5. What does Charlie think Cantabile's rank and place in the organized crime world is?

6. Why does Charlie think of the Mozartian Italian Denise likes, "Tutto tutto gia si sa" (Everything, everything about me was known)?

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

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

9. What does meeting Naomi Lutz, Charlie's school-days' sweetheart, lead him to thoughts of?

10. 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?

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