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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who encourages Mel to explore the topic of love?
(a) Laura.
(b) His wife.
(c) Terri.
(d) No one.

2. What can describe Mel's behavior as the conversation progresses?
(a) Animated.
(b) Withdrawn.
(c) Repressed.
(d) Loving.

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

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

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

6. Who can be said to be Mel's foil in this story?
(a) Ed.
(b) Nick.
(c) Laura.
(d) Terri.

7. How does the author characterize Terri and Mel's relationship?
(a) Hostile and rocky.
(b) Unstable and volatile.
(c) Egalitarian and loving.
(d) Strong and honest.

8. What literary tool is used in the story of the old couple and Mel and Terri's relationship?
(a) Alliteration.
(b) Anthropomorphism.
(c) Parallelism.
(d) Imagery.

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

10. Where are the other characters when Mel begins to talk about love?
(a) At a restaurant.
(b) Outdoors.
(c) The author does not say.
(d) At the table.

11. According to the author, what characteristics are typically granted to the heart?
(a) Understanding and cognition.
(b) Cold and unloving.
(c) Emotional and romantic.
(d) Compassion and tenderness.

12. Which of the following symbolizes the hopelessness the characters feel about finding real love?
(a) The rainstorm.
(b) The discovery that the group's favorite restaurant is closed.
(c) The meal burning in the oven.
(d) The glass spilling on the table.

13. What is the narrator's understanding of the meaning of love by the end of the story?
(a) It is depressing.
(b) It is full of thrills and romance.
(c) It is unclear.
(d) It is only available to those married a long time.

14. According to the author, what is the ultimate conclusion about the meaning of love?
(a) It does not exist.
(b) It is fully understood by all characters.
(c) It can only be felt by the elderly.
(d) It remains elusive.

15. With whom does Mel appear to be in conflict over the concept of love more than any other character?
(a) Terri.
(b) Himself.
(c) Marjorie.
(d) Laura.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is the denotation of the word 'love'?

2. Why does Mel begin telling his story?

3. When the author uses the term 'universal', to what is he referring?

4. To whom does Mel become abusive?

5. What purpose does foil serve in this story?

(see the answer keys)

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