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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What aspects of the heart does Mel understand?
(a) The emotional nuances.
(b) The concept of healing one broken by unrequited love.
(c) The connotation.
(d) The physical properties.

2. Why does Terri have this reaction to Mel's story about the old couple?
(a) She is angry at Laura for making Mel cry.
(b) She is jealous that she cannot evoke the same sense of love from Mel.
(c) She understands how Mel feels.
(d) She is afraid their intimate love will not last forever.

3. Which of the following is the resolution to the story of the old couple?
(a) They both end up dying.
(b) There is no resolution.
(c) They recover and are discharged from the hospital.
(d) They realize that they are not meant to be together.

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. How does the tone change as the story progresses?
(a) It becomes more tense.
(b) It becomes humorous.
(c) There is no clear tone.
(d) It relaxes.

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

12. Which of the following describes Terri's reaction to Mel's response to the story of the old couple?
(a) Caustic.
(b) Enraged.
(c) Empathetic.
(d) Fearful.

13. In which part of the story does the narrator mention where the characters are from?
(a) The narrator does not mention it at all.
(b) In the middle.
(c) In the final paragraph.
(d) In the beginning.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who encourages Mel to explore the topic of love?

2. Why does Mel become frustrated?

3. How does the author characterize Nick?

4. What literary device does the author use in portraying Mel's difficulty in understanding love despite his profession?

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

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