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Augusten Burroughs
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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. What is Augusten's mother always immersed in?
(a) Her son.
(b) Her marriage.
(c) Her housework.
(d) Her work.

2. What is Kate's profession?
(a) She is a psychologist.
(b) She is an astrologist.
(c) She is a cosmetologist.
(d) She is a botonist.

3. How does Augusten feel after the sexual encounter with Neil?
(a) Confused.
(b) Apathetic.
(c) Enraged.
(d) Entitled.

4. Into what does Deirdre recite her poetry?
(a) A tape recorder.
(b) A television remote control.
(c) A hairbrush.
(d) An unplugged microphone.

5. What keeps Augusten from wanting to attend classes?
(a) His lanky limbs.
(b) His unseemly hairstyle.
(c) His inability to grasp simple academic concepts.
(d) His unfashionable wardrobe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the reaction of Vicky and Natalie to what has happened under the grand piano?

2. What does Agnes begin to do compulsively as a means of coping with her husband's antics?

3. When Augusten visits the band that Troy works for, what is the band doing when he spies on them?

4. Why do the Burroughs begin to see Dr. Finch?

5. Who is Troy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens in the scene in which Augusten's mother is dressing for the poetry reading?

2. How does the reunification between Augusten and his mother go?

3. How does Hope respond to Augusten's desire to move to New York City?

4. How does Agnes respond to Dr. Finch's mistresses?

5. What is Augusten looking forward to doing after his mother leaves for the poetry reading?

6. After Neil Bookman comes to visit Augusten for a sexual experience involving hair gel, how does Augusten react?

7. How does the Finch family celebrate "World Father's Day"?

8. What is Augusten expecting of the Finch's home, and what does he find?

9. What does Augusten do while he is skipping school, and what is Dr. Finch's reaction?

10. What is the state of Norman and Deirdre Burroughs' relationship?

(see the answer keys)

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