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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why are the fishermen interested in Lou Sedaris' equation?
(a) They want to know if he is interested in buying property.
(b) They are interested in the number of grains of sand per acre.
(c) They want to know how much their property would have been worth today.
(d) They want to know why he is drawing in the sand.

2. Ironically, the food at the restaurant is described as
(a) Traditional American.
(b) Dada-esque.
(c) American Gothic.
(d) Home cooking.

3. Sedaris compares the typewriter's antiquity to
(a) Cassette players.
(b) The printing press.
(c) Eight-track tapes and VCRs.
(d) Eight-track tapes and the quill.

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

5. What Sedaris admires in his sister Gretchen is
(a) Her admission to art school.
(b) Her own personality.
(c) Her talent as a sculptor.
(d) Her indifference to art.

6. Sedaris' mother might be described as
(a) An inventor.
(b) Visionary.
(c) A theorist.
(d) Pragmatic.

7. During his experience as a mover, Sedaris begins to change because
(a) He resents anyone who appears wealthy and organized.
(b) He is always willing to move the attractive women, no matter how disorganized.
(c) He resents customers with too many books or records, and imagines himself an ant completing a task.
(d) He imagines himself the queen ant ordering her inferiors about.

8. The Japanese cartoon Fatty and Skinny makes Sedaris sad because
(a) Skinny is unable to meet Fatty's demands, and ends up friendless.
(b) Fatty always rejects Skinny in the end.
(c) Fatty is unable to meet Skinny's demands and loses his friendship.
(d) Skinny always demands money from Fatty.

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

10. Despite his experiences, Sedaris still finds the view of Manhattan and the fantasy of wealth
(a) Confining.
(b) Contemptible.
(c) Illusory.
(d) Inspiring.

11. Mr. Mancini claims to be
(a) A homosexual.
(b) A ladies man.
(c) A rock star.
(d) A frustrated artist.

12. Who or what threatens to divide Sedaris' class?
(a) An older returning student who claimed he was wasting her time.
(b) The teenage freshmen students.
(c) An asthmatic who protected the smoking rule in class.
(d) Sedaris' Pillow Talk segment, where students discussed their personal lives.

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

14. Miss Sampson attempts to illustrate Sedaris' speech problem by
(a) Asking the rest of the class to comment on it.
(b) Insisting Sedaris only use 's' words.
(c) Over enunciating her 's' sounds.
(d) Making fun of his lisp at every opportunity.

15. Sedaris' mother connects most closely with
(a) Madchen 1.
(b) The collies' puppies.
(c) The collies.
(d) Her cats.

Short Answer Questions

1. Miss Sampson asks the previous question in order to

2. What skill does Sedaris admire in his mother that eludes him?

3. Valencia is

4. Rather than sports, Sedaris states that he and his fellow speech therapy students were more interested in

5. What passion does Sedaris' father attempt to share with his children?

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