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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the tone in the beginning of Mel's story about the old couple?
(a) Peaceful.
(b) Humorous.
(c) Serious.
(d) Sad.

2. What are Mel and the other characters able to talk about after they loosen up?
(a) Their career goals.
(b) Health problems.
(c) Real love.
(d) Secret fantasies.

3. Which of the following techniques does the author use in his story?
(a) Alliteration.
(b) Anthropomorphism.
(c) Imagery.
(d) Hyperbole.

4. Which of the following characters chastises another at one point in the story?
(a) Laura chastises Terri.
(b) Nick chastises Laura.
(c) Terri chastises Ed.
(d) Terri chastises Mel.

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

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

7. According to the author, how common are the stages of love the couples are experiencing?
(a) They are common to Western European couples.
(b) They are common to couples their age.
(c) They are unique to these couples.
(d) They are universal.

8. What is the tone of Mel's story about the old couple?
(a) Juvenile.
(b) Morose.
(c) Wistful.
(d) Disgusted.

9. How does the author characterize Laura and Terri's relationship?
(a) Focused on lots of shared interests.
(b) Very close and sisterly.
(c) Somewhat distant.
(d) Based on the fact that they work together.

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

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

12. How does the author characterize Nick?
(a) Reasonable and logical.
(b) Gentle and compassionate.
(c) Passive and observant.
(d) Loud and gregarious.

13. According to the author, what role do analysis and science play in the meaning of love?
(a) It is not clear.
(b) None.
(c) They explain it fully.
(d) They contribute to only the physiological responses.

14. 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 jealous that she cannot evoke the same sense of love from Mel.
(c) She is angry at Laura for making Mel cry.
(d) She understands how Mel feels.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is a connotation of the word 'heart'?

2. Which of the following is a symbol in this story?

3. In what part of the story does the exposition appear?

4. What is the tone of the story as Nick kisses his wife's hand?

5. How are the two couples different from other people in a relationship?

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