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

2. What is the subject of the master essay that Charlie has been writing for years?
(a) Travel.
(b) Boredom.
(c) Criminalism.
(d) Romance.

3. Who does Charlie find at the Russian Baths and is happy that it is not George Siewell?
(a) George's father.
(b) Humboldt.
(c) Dr. Lutz.
(d) Menasha.

4. How does Citrine first get in touch with Humboldt?
(a) He telephones him.
(b) They meet on a Greyhound bus.
(c) He writes him a letter.
(d) He meets him in a bar.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Humboldt think he and Charlie should do in light of the new US administration?

2. Who does the Judge bring up as someone whose unique ideas made millions?

3. How much money does the Judge believe Charlie can afford to pay Denise each year?

4. What information does Charlie want from Langobadi?

5. How much must Charlie earn per year in order to pay Denise what the Judge believes he can?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Denise keep up-to-date on world news to prepare for a cultural evening at the White House?

3. 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?

4. What does Canabile seem to want from Charlie other than help for his wife?

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

6. How is Humboldt acting towards Kathleen after he loses the poetry chair at Princeton?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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