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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Carver's story progresses, how do Mel and Terri's attitudes toward each other change?
(a) They become more hostile toward each other.
(b) They become more polite to each other.
(c) They fall more in love.
(d) They are indifferent toward each other.

2. What sort of love does Mel have trouble understanding?
(a) Unrequited.
(b) Pure and fulfilling.
(c) Harsh and fierce.
(d) Soft and gentle.

3. According to the author, Mel's profession requires a significant amount of:
(a) Romanticizing.
(b) Precision.
(c) Dreaming.
(d) Second-guessing.

4. Which of the following is a symbol in this story?
(a) The heart.
(b) Music.
(c) Death.
(d) Alcohol.

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

6. What do the characters talk about after Mel is finished with his story?
(a) The weather outside.
(b) Where to go for dinner.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Their feelings for each other.

7. Why might point of view play a role in how Mel's relationship is perceived by the reader?
(a) The narrator may feel negatively toward Mel's relationship, thereby influencing the reader's opinion.
(b) The story is told from Mel's point of view, so the reader only understands his relationship.
(c) Point of view does not play a significant role in the story.
(d) The narrator is neutral toward Mel's relationship, allowing for free interpretation by the reader.

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

9. Which of the following is an important theme in the story?
(a) Laughing.
(b) Crying.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Telling the truth.

10. How many purposes does the alcohol serve in this story?
(a) Two.
(b) Five.
(c) It is unclear.
(d) None.

11. Which of the following is an example of situational irony?
(a) Laura and Nick are not really in love.
(b) The story is about finding the meaning of love, yet it ends with no clear meaning at all.
(c) Terri is Mel's wife, but used to be married to his brother.
(d) Mel says he does not know anything about love, and the reader finds this to be true.

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

13. Which of the following characters are able to loosen up over the course of the story?
(a) Terri and Mel.
(b) All of them.
(c) Nick and Laura.
(d) Only Mel.

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

15. What is Mel unable to do in this story?
(a) Understand the workings of the human heart.
(b) Comprehend the effect of imagery in the story.
(c) Articulate his ideas about love.
(d) Become uninhibited.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following terms refers to the literal definition of 'heart'?

2. The alcohol in the story has a _________________ effect on the characters.

3. According to Mel, did Terri love her ex-boyfriend?

4. To whom does Mel become abusive?

5. What is the tone in the beginning of Mel's story about the old couple?

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