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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sedaris questions
(a) His own inability to leave the toilet unflushed, thereby assuming the guilt.
(b) His own inability to go to the bathroom comfortably in public
(c) His own need for cleanliness.
(d) Others inability to feel shame.

2. Mr. Mancini makes Sedaris uncomfortable by constantly referring to
(a) Popular songs Sedaris does not know.
(b) Jazz musicians.
(c) Men and sex.
(d) Women and sex.

3. Sedaris suggests his brother is radically different from his other siblings because
(a) He is the oldest, and therefore the most conservative.
(b) He is much younger, and a North Carolina native.
(c) He is more refined than they are.
(d) He is a North Carolina native with gentlemanly Southern values.

4. The irony of the fisherman's position is that
(a) They can no longer afford to live by the beach.
(b) They can understand Lou Sedaris' scientific equations.
(c) They are not even trying to be tan.
(d) They can no longer fish in the ocean.

5. Sedaris confesses his desire to perform what songs before an audience?
(a) Pop songs.
(b) Jazz classics.
(c) Blues classics.
(d) Commercial jingles.

6. What is Lou Sedaris excited about at the start of the essay?
(a) His daughter, Amy, is getting married.
(b) His daughter, Amy, is going to appear in a magazine article.
(c) His daughter ,Amy, has lost a considerable amount of weight.
(d) David is going to appear in a magazine article.

7. Amy Sedaris is fond of
(a) Dressing up and impersonating others.
(b) Gaining and losing weight haphazardly.
(c) Having her picture taken for the newspaper.
(d) Impersonating her father.

8. What prompts Sedaris to find a job in New York?
(a) His father disapproves of his lifestyle.
(b) He cannot live on his savings alone in New York.
(c) He is planning to buy a townhouse.
(d) He is ashamed of his poverty.

9. Sedaris resents his father's approach toward art because
(a) Art eludes both him and his father, but his father is viewed as an artist.
(b) He knows his father's talent has not passed on to him.
(c) He wants to be like his father, but cannot be.
(d) It seems to come easily to his father, yet he does not invest in it.

10. Sedaris discussed his speech therapy sessions
(a) Only with his father.
(b) Only with his mother.
(c) With other speech therapy students.
(d) With his sisters.

11. By way of explanation, Amy Sedaris explains her "bruises" and "sores" by saying
(a) Her public should love her no matter what she looks like.
(b) She fell down the stairs.
(c) Her father beat her up.
(d) She is finally in love.

12. What instrument does Sedaris' father choose for him?
(a) Piano.
(b) Trumpet.
(c) Guitar.
(d) Flute.

13. Sedaris' first artistic success takes the form of
(a) A frying pan full of toy soldiers.
(b) Toe nail clippings.
(c) Two wooden crates filled with garbage.
(d) A nest of human hair.

14. Paul's relationship with his father might be described as
(a) Callous and indifferent.
(b) Coddling and protective.
(c) Blunt and hurtful.
(d) Honest and direct.

15. Richie had been in prison for
(a) Burning his sister to death.
(b) Refusing to pay taxes.
(c) Burning his sister's boyfriend to death.
(d) Killing his younger brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. The scientific term Sedaris fears his father will use is

2. Who or what threatens to divide Sedaris' class?

3. What Sedaris admires in his sister Gretchen is

4. Sedaris is not bothered by the possible ingredients in a hot dog because

5. Miss Sampson believes Sedaris lisps because

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