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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the characters seems to realize first that Mel's desire to experience real love is not yet fulfilled?
(a) Laura.
(b) Ed.
(c) Terri.
(d) Nick.

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

3. Why does Mel become frustrated?
(a) His wife is constantly interrupting him.
(b) He has trouble understanding the emotional aspects of the heart.
(c) He cannot open the wine bottle.
(d) He has difficulty remembering things.

4. Which of the following characters can be said to be a tragic hero?
(a) Terri.
(b) Laura.
(c) Mel.
(d) Nick.

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

6. Other than Mel, which term best describes the characters in the story?
(a) Passive.
(b) Animated.
(c) Angry.
(d) Avoidant.

7. Which of the following is a connotation of the word 'heart'?
(a) The organ responsible for moving blood around the body.
(b) A geometrical shape usually given on Valentine's Day.
(c) The center of something.
(d) Emotions and memories connected to loving and feeling.

8. How does Mel's behavior influence the other characters?
(a) They become afraid and anxious.
(b) They feel safe and secure.
(c) They become overwhelmed.
(d) It encourages them to talk more.

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

10. Which of the following literary devices does the author use in his story?
(a) Allusion.
(b) Foreshadowing.
(c) Anthropomorphism.
(d) Synecdoche.

11. What literary device does the author use in portraying Mel's difficulty in understanding love despite his profession?
(a) Irony.
(b) Symbolism.
(c) Anastrophe.
(d) Emulation.

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

13. What term best describes Mel's nature?
(a) Appreciative.
(b) Introverted.
(c) Passionate.
(d) Considerate.

14. Which of the following events is the climax of Carver's story?
(a) The conversation in Terri's mind.
(b) The fight between Nick and Mel.
(c) Mel's story of why the old man is depressed.
(d) The revelation of Laura's secret.

15. How is the topic of love broached?
(a) The characters are reading the same book.
(b) Terri has a dream about love.
(c) Laura's children ask about it.
(d) Mel starts talking about it.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Terri have this reaction to Mel's story about the old couple?

3. Who ultimately provides the most insight into what love really means?

4. Which of the following characters chastises another at one point in the story?

5. What purpose does foil serve in this story?

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