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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What adds to Sedaris' tension while he is in the bathroom?
(a) His friend keeps knocking on the door to hurry him up.
(b) He needs to use the toilet himself.
(c) He can hear the others beginning to talk about him outside.
(d) His friend keeps asking him what he is doing in there.

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

3. What prompts Lou Sedaris to enroll his children in music lessons?
(a) He attends a jazz festival with his children.
(b) He attends a concert for the Von Trapp Family Singers.
(c) His attends a rock concert with his children.
(d) He attends a concert for Dave Brubeck and his sons.

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

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

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

7. Sedaris' attempt to recruit his guitar teacher for his jingle-singing act results in
(a) Comaraderie.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Rejection.
(d) Understanding.

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

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

10. The name "Rooster" came from
(a) Paul's mother.
(b) Paul himself.
(c) Paul's business.
(d) Paul's father.

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

12. Facing his lack of artistic talent might mean
(a) Admitting his father was right.
(b) Sobering up and moving on.
(c) Needing more drugs.
(d) Learning a new trade.

13. 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.

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

15. Bonnie comes to enjoy New York when
(a) She takes Sedaris' suggestion to dress appropriately.
(b) She visits the Plaza at tea time and discovers the real New York.
(c) She visits the sites where no New Yorkers will visit.
(d) She visits the flea market with Sedaris and is pleasantly surprised by it.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Japanese cartoon Fatty and Skinny makes Sedaris sad because

2. Sedaris justifies viewing soap operas in class by

3. Miss Sampson believes Sedaris lisps because

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

5. Bonnie is most interested in

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