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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what activity does middle sister like to engage while she is walking?
(a) Reading.
(b) Singing.
(c) Eating.
(d) Listening to music.

2. What color van does middle sister see across the street from her college class, causing her to think that the milkman is inside?
(a) Gray.
(b) Black.
(c) White.
(d) Red.

3. What type of incident had recently reduced the number of buildings in the "ten-minute area" (81) to two?
(a) A bombing.
(b) A flood.
(c) A wrecking crew's arrival.
(d) An act of arson.

4. How many years older than the protagonist is maybe-boyfriend?
(a) 5.
(b) 1.
(c) 7.
(d) 2.

5. Middle sister describes a night when all "but two" (94) of which animals in her neighborhood had been slaughtered by soldiers?
(a) Hogs.
(b) Cats.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Dogs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Middle sister says that every other student in the class is different from her in what way?

2. How old is the milkman at the time of the narrative's opening?

3. Middle sister states in Chapter 2 that she feels what emotion toward third brother-in-law?

4. What type of abandoned building is blown up by a bomb near the end of Chapter 2?

5. For about how long have middle sister and maybe-boyfriend been together at the period of time focused on in the narrative?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the ten-minute-area?

2. What are the real reasons for middle sister's reluctance to meet maybe-boyfriend in her own neighborhood?

3. Which member of middle sister's family does she despise and why?

4. To what location must middle sister travel in order to attend a French language college class and why is this significant?

5. Describe an instance when sound is used to underscore a particular theme within Chapter 1.

6. Which elements of middle sister's second interaction with the milkman make her feel relatively safe?

7. What action does middle sister perform "without a shake" for "the first time in ages" (165) when the real milkman drops her off at home and why?

8. Who is the milkman?

9. What truths does middle sister reveal to ma during their first conversation about the milkman?

10. What contrast does middle sister point out between da's level of openness in life and his level of openness in death?

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