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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is Lou Sedaris excited about at the start of the essay?
(a) His daughter ,Amy, has lost a considerable amount of weight.
(b) His daughter, Amy, is going to appear in a magazine article.
(c) His daughter, Amy, is getting married.
(d) David is going to appear in a magazine article.
2. Sedaris decides to make his students more comfortable by
(a) Allowing them to smoke in class.
(b) Sharing his private life with them.
(c) Allowing them to drink in class.
(d) Letting them design the class activities.
3. 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) Sedaris' Pillow Talk segment, where students discussed their personal lives.
(d) An asthmatic who protected the smoking rule in class.
4. 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.
5. Sedaris feels out of place in the restaurant because
(a) He cannot understand the menu.
(b) He has to borrow a jacket from the maitre d'.
(c) He does not like any of the food.
(d) He is on his first date with Hugh.
6. Mr. Mancini claims to be
(a) A frustrated artist.
(b) A rock star.
(c) A ladies man.
(d) A homosexual.
7. What passion does Sedaris' father attempt to share with his children?
(a) His love of jazz.
(b) His love of North Carolina.
(c) His love of quartets.
(d) His love of guitar.
8. Before Paul's personality fully emerged, his parents tried to interest him in
(a) Girls and dating.
(b) Writing and painting.
(c) Music and sports.
(d) Math and science.
9. Instead of the performance piece in the twelfth "moment," Sedaris seems to admire
(a) The courage of the performer.
(b) The number of people attending the performance.
(c) The beauty of the ordinary world around him.
(d) The metaphors apparent in the performance.
10. Sedaris' mother connects most closely with
(a) The collies.
(b) Madchen 1.
(c) Her cats.
(d) The collies' puppies.
11. The dog Mr. and Mrs. Sedaris coddled as empty-nesters was
(a) Sadie the cat.
(b) Melina, a Great Dane.
(c) Mumbles, the teddy bear.
(d) Madchen 2, the replacement German Shepard.
12. Sedaris discovers that most of the boys in speech therapy are
(a) Unable to pronounce consonants correctly.
(b) Unpopular and uninterested in sports.
(c) Popular and smart.
(d) Unlike himself.
13. Bonnie comes to enjoy New York when
(a) She takes Sedaris' suggestion to dress appropriately.
(b) She visits the flea market with Sedaris and is pleasantly surprised by it.
(c) She visits the sites where no New Yorkers will visit.
(d) She visits the Plaza at tea time and discovers the real New York.
14. Sedaris recalls that his mother explained
(a) That everyone had bowel movements, so he should not be ashamed about them.
(b) That one should never leave a toilet unflushed.
(c) That everyone had bowel movements, but that we should not admit to them.
(d) That one should never make a bowel movement at another's home.
15. Lou Sedaris once dreamed that computers would
(a) Connect people all over the world.
(b) Eliminate the need for typewriters.
(c) Eliminate the need to leave his home.
(d) Connect people to their jobs at all times.
Short Answer Questions
1. Sedaris compares his father's most recent dog, Sophie, to
2. What skill does Sedaris admire in his mother that eludes him?
3. Sedaris wonders at the way Paul and his father
4. Why is Sedaris unable to ignore the problem?
5. Before leaving for The Plaza, Sedaris warns Bonnie that
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