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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following describes Laura's attitude toward Mel as the evening progresses?
(a) Disgusted.
(b) Hostile.
(c) Sympathetic.
(d) Infatuated.

2. After Mel finished his story, who does the narrator think knows the meaning of true love?
(a) No one.
(b) Laura.
(c) Ed.
(d) Terri.

3. In what part of the story does the exposition appear?
(a) The middle.
(b) There is not exposition in this story.
(c) The end.
(d) The beginning.

4. What seems to help Mel and the other characters loosen up?
(a) Alcohol.
(b) Music.
(c) Eating.
(d) Chocolate.

5. Which of the following terms refers to the literal definition of 'heart'?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) Denotation.
(c) Imagery.
(d) Connotation.

6. Through which of the following methods does Carver communicate most of the significant aspects of his story?
(a) Hyperbole.
(b) Metamorphism.
(c) Dialogue.
(d) Figurative language.

7. Over what length of time does this story take place?
(a) About thirty minutes.
(b) One evening.
(c) One week.
(d) Two days.

8. Which of the following is a symbol in Carver's story?
(a) Wine.
(b) Ice cream.
(c) Knight's armor.
(d) Dinner.

9. What does Terri think of the other couple's relationship?
(a) It is innocent and will change after awhile.
(b) It is horrible and she is glad hers isn't like it.
(c) It is unclear because the narrator fails to recount Terri's dialogue.
(d) It is wonderful and inviting.

10. Which of the following is a form of entertainment for the characters?
(a) Smoking.
(b) Singing songs.
(c) Drinking alcohol.
(d) Playing board games.

11. What time of day does this story end?
(a) Midday.
(b) Dinnertime.
(c) Early morning.
(d) Late afternoon.

12. What does Mel attempt to do to the topic of love?
(a) Dissect it.
(b) Avoid it.
(c) Make it humorous.
(d) Talk badly about it.

13. Why does Terri have this reaction to Mel's story about the old couple?
(a) She is afraid their intimate love will not last forever.
(b) She is angry at Laura for making Mel cry.
(c) She is jealous that she cannot evoke the same sense of love from Mel.
(d) She understands how Mel feels.

14. Which of the following is the denotation of the word 'love'?
(a) Past memories associated with relationships.
(b) An extreme dislike of another person.
(c) The images that come to mind and the feelings that are evoked.
(d) A tender affection for another person.

15. Which character becomes increasingly offensive over the course of the story?
(a) Nick.
(b) Marjorie.
(c) Laura.
(d) Mel.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mel's behavior worsen throughout the story?

2. Which of the following describes the literary device Carver uses when Terri and Mel talk about Terri's past relationship in detail?

3. With whom does Mel appear to be in conflict over the concept of love more than any other character?

4. What is the narrator's understanding of the meaning of love by the end of the story?

5. What term best describes Mel's nature?

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