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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the following is a symbol in Carver's story?
(a) Ice cream.
(b) Wine.
(c) Dinner.
(d) Knight's armor.

3. The alcohol in the story has a _________________ effect on the characters.
(a) Passionate.
(b) Enlightening.
(c) Depressing.
(d) Animated.

4. Which of the following is the resolution following the climax?
(a) The acceptance of Laura by Terri and Nick.
(b) The sun rising.
(c) The compromise between Nick and Mel.
(d) The characters meditating on the meaning of love.

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

6. Why is Mel's story interrupted in the middle?
(a) Nick falls asleep.
(b) Laura wants to go to dinner.
(c) He wants another drink.
(d) Terri becomes irritated.

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

8. What literary device does the author use in portraying Mel's difficulty in understanding love despite his profession?
(a) Emulation.
(b) Symbolism.
(c) Anastrophe.
(d) Irony.

9. How does Mel's behavior influence the other characters?
(a) They become afraid and anxious.
(b) It encourages them to talk more.
(c) They become overwhelmed.
(d) They feel safe and secure.

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

11. What effect may the alcohol have had on everyone besides Mel?
(a) They may have had a spike in blood sugar.
(b) They may have become more inhibited.
(c) They may have realized how ridiculous their ideas are.
(d) They may have started to feel sick.

12. Which of the characters seems to realize first that Mel's desire to experience real love is not yet fulfilled?
(a) Terri.
(b) Ed.
(c) Laura.
(d) Nick.

13. Which of the following best describes the mood of the old woman at the end of Mel's story?
(a) Anxious.
(b) It is not clear.
(c) Calm.
(d) Depressed.

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

15. Which character is encouraged by the end of the story?
(a) Mel.
(b) No one.
(c) Terri.
(d) Laura.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author characterize Nick?

2. According to the author, what role do analysis and science play in the meaning of love?

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

4. What can describe Mel's behavior as the conversation progresses?

5. How is the topic of love broached?

(see the answer keys)

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