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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mel begin telling his story?
(a) To explain the meaning of real love.
(b) Others ask him if he has any stories to tell.
(c) He is bored.
(d) He is intoxicated and doesn't know what he is doing.

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

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

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

5. Which character becomes increasingly offensive over the course of the story?
(a) Mel.
(b) Laura.
(c) Nick.
(d) Marjorie.

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

7. Did Mel truly love his first wife?
(a) Yes, and Mel is still in love with her.
(b) He thought he did but probably didn't.
(c) The author does not address this topic.
(d) Yes, they were deeply in love.

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

9. Which of the following literary techniques does the author use in comparing Mel's profession with the topic of conversation?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) Foreshadowing.
(c) Alliteration.
(d) Imagery.

10. What does Mel attempt to do to the topic of love?
(a) Talk badly about it.
(b) Avoid it.
(c) Make it humorous.
(d) Dissect it.

11. What is the narrator's understanding of the meaning of love by the end of the story?
(a) It is unclear.
(b) It is only available to those married a long time.
(c) It is depressing.
(d) It is full of thrills and romance.

12. When the author uses the term 'universal', to what is he referring?
(a) The romance present in relationships.
(b) Marriage.
(c) The stages of love.
(d) The use of song to make people feel better.

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

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

15. Which of the following is used as a symbol of lack of inhibition in the story?
(a) Cigarettes.
(b) Prescription medication.
(c) Alcohol.
(d) Food.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following describes Laura's attitude toward Mel as the evening progresses?

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

4. Why does Mel's behavior worsen throughout the story?

5. Where are the other characters when Mel begins to talk about love?

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