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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Through which of the following methods does Carver communicate most of the significant aspects of his story?
(a) Metamorphism.
(b) Hyperbole.
(c) Figurative language.
(d) Dialogue.

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

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

6. What is the tone in the beginning of Mel's story about the old couple?
(a) Humorous.
(b) Sad.
(c) Serious.
(d) Peaceful.

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

8. According to the author, what role do analysis and science play in the meaning of love?
(a) It is not clear.
(b) They contribute to only the physiological responses.
(c) None.
(d) They explain it fully.

9. What term best describes Mel's nature?
(a) Introverted.
(b) Passionate.
(c) Appreciative.
(d) Considerate.

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

11. According to the author, what is the ultimate conclusion about the meaning of love?
(a) It can only be felt by the elderly.
(b) It does not exist.
(c) It remains elusive.
(d) It is fully understood by all characters.

12. Which of the following describes Laura's attitude toward Mel as the evening progresses?
(a) Hostile.
(b) Sympathetic.
(c) Infatuated.
(d) Disgusted.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Mel unable to do in this story?

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

3. What effect does the alcohol have on the characters by the end of the story?

4. How does the author characterize Terri and Mel's relationship?

5. Which of the following characters are able to loosen up over the course of the story?

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