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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which character becomes increasingly offensive over the course of the story?
2. Which of the following characters chastises another at one point in the story?
(a) Nick chastises Laura.
(b) Laura chastises Terri.
(c) Terri chastises Mel.
(d) Terri chastises Ed.
3. Who ultimately provides the most insight into what love really means?
4. 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 is fully understood by all characters.
(c) It does not exist.
(d) It remains elusive.
5. What time of day does this story end?
(b) Late afternoon.
(c) Early morning.
6. How are the two couples different from other people in a relationship?
(a) They have a better understanding of love.
(b) They are older than the average couple in love.
(c) They have a weaker understanding of love.
(d) They are no different.
7. Which of the following is the resolution following the climax?
(a) The sun rising.
(b) The compromise between Nick and Mel.
(c) The acceptance of Laura by Terri and Nick.
(d) The characters meditating on the meaning of love.
8. Which of the following is used as a symbol of lack of inhibition in the story?
(b) Prescription medication.
9. How does Mel's behavior influence the other characters?
(a) They become afraid and anxious.
(b) They become overwhelmed.
(c) They feel safe and secure.
(d) It encourages them to talk more.
10. Which of the following describes the literary device Carver uses when Terri and Mel talk about Terri's past relationship in detail?
(a) Dramatic irony.
11. What is Nick's understanding of Terri and Mel's relationship?
(a) He is neutral toward their relationship.
(b) It is something he wants to work toward.
(c) It is unromantic and hostile.
(d) It is strong and full of love for each other.
12. What can be said to be a motif in Carver's story?
(b) The color red.
13. What can describe Mel's behavior as the conversation progresses?
14. What literary tool is used in the story of the old couple and Mel and Terri's relationship?
15. Which of the following is the resolution to the story of the old couple?
(a) They recover and are discharged from the hospital.
(b) There is no resolution.
(c) They realize that they are not meant to be together.
(d) They both end up dying.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mel attempt to do to the topic of love?
2. Which of the following characters can be said to be a tragic hero?
3. In what part of the story does the exposition appear?
4. How does the author characterize Terri and Mel's relationship?
5. What is the tone in the beginning of Mel's story about the old couple?
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