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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Sedaris prepare to teach his workshop?
(a) He reads articles by famous writers.
(b) He writes elaborate lesson plans.
(c) He practices introducing himself in front of the mirror while holding a briefcase.
(d) He organizes several get-to-know-you activities.

3. While Sedaris has been preoccupied with tanning, his father has been preoccupied with
(a) His fear of the ocean.
(b) The price of beachfront property.
(c) The Miss Emollient Pageant.
(d) Scientific questions.

4. Sedaris' enjoyment of the ocean was ruined by
(a) His interest in sun-bathing.
(b) His mother's comparing it to a saltwater toilet.
(c) His experiences swimming in it.
(d) His father's explanation of the tides.

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

6. Sedaris decides to make his students more comfortable by
(a) Letting them design the class activities.
(b) Sharing his private life with them.
(c) Allowing them to drink in class.
(d) Allowing them to smoke in class.

7. Before leaving for The Plaza, Sedaris warns Bonnie that
(a) She might want to go someplace less formal.
(b) She will probably be overcharged by her cab driver.
(c) She will get mugged if she dresses too formally.
(d) She might want to put on more formal clothing.

8. In the end, Sedaris decides
(a) He can not do anything about the situation.
(b) He will tell the other guests the truth about his experience.
(c) He will try to figure out the culprit when he returns to dinner.
(d) He does not feel threatened by others' opinions of him.

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

10. Before Paul's personality fully emerged, his parents tried to interest him in
(a) Math and science.
(b) Girls and dating.
(c) Music and sports.
(d) Writing and painting.

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

12. Lou Sedaris busies himself
(a) Smoking.
(b) Tanning.
(c) Working equations in the sand.
(d) Chatting with fishermen.

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

14. Sedaris fears his father is not up to the task of caring for his new dog, Sophie, because
(a) He is not as attentive to pets as he used to be.
(b) She is violent and does not obey him.
(c) He is older now, and she is young and strong.
(d) He is older now, and she is old and dying.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Sedaris believed he was living art because

2. Paul's relationship with his father might be described as

3. The question "Which do you like better, State or Carolina?" refers to

4. When visiting home, Amy tortures her father by

5. Ironically, Sedaris and his siblings mock the fisherman's tan skin because

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