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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the overall mood of the characters by the end of the story?
(a) Depressed.
(b) Enlightened.
(c) Passionate.
(d) Cheerful.

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

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

5. What purpose does foil serve in this story?
(a) To provide a satirical outlet.
(b) To emphasize characters' dramatically different views of love.
(c) To underscore the story about the old couple.
(d) To display the humorous side of the story.

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

7. 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 are indifferent toward each other.
(c) They fall more in love.
(d) They become more polite to each other.

8. Which of the following describes the literary device Carver uses when Terri and Mel talk about Terri's past relationship in detail?
(a) Imagery.
(b) Flashback.
(c) Symbolism.
(d) Dramatic irony.

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

10. Which of the following are included in the plot of Carver's story?
(a) Four characters gather in someone's home.
(b) The story takes place in early morning.
(c) The characters are much happier at the end of the story.
(d) Nick thinks back to a previous relationship.

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

12. According to the author, where are the characters from?
(a) Somewhere else.
(b) The same place.
(c) The East Coast.
(d) A foreign land.

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

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

15. How are the two couples different from other people in a relationship?
(a) They are older than the average couple in love.
(b) They have a better understanding of love.
(c) They have a weaker understanding of love.
(d) They are no different.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which part of the story does the narrator mention where the characters are from?

2. According to the author, what is the ultimate conclusion about the meaning of love?

3. Which of the following is a symbol in Carver's story?

4. What sort of love does Mel have trouble understanding?

5. Did Mel truly love his first wife?

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