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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mel become frustrated?
(a) He has trouble understanding the emotional aspects of the heart.
(b) He cannot open the wine bottle.
(c) He has difficulty remembering things.
(d) His wife is constantly interrupting him.

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

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

4. According to the author, what characteristics are typically granted to the heart?
(a) Emotional and romantic.
(b) Understanding and cognition.
(c) Cold and unloving.
(d) Compassion and tenderness.

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

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

7. What does Terri think of the other couple's relationship?
(a) It is innocent and will change after awhile.
(b) It is unclear because the narrator fails to recount Terri's dialogue.
(c) It is horrible and she is glad hers isn't like it.
(d) It is wonderful and inviting.

8. Where are the other characters when Mel begins to talk about love?
(a) At a restaurant.
(b) At the table.
(c) Outdoors.
(d) The author does not say.

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

10. Who ultimately provides the most insight into what love really means?
(a) Mel.
(b) Terri.
(c) Laura.
(d) Nick.

11. Which of the following characters can be said to be a tragic hero?
(a) Mel.
(b) Terri.
(c) Nick.
(d) Laura.

12. What is Mel unable to do in this story?
(a) Articulate his ideas about love.
(b) Become uninhibited.
(c) Comprehend the effect of imagery in the story.
(d) Understand the workings of the human heart.

13. What is the overall mood of the characters by the end of the story?
(a) Enlightened.
(b) Depressed.
(c) Passionate.
(d) Cheerful.

14. According to the author, where are the characters from?
(a) Somewhere else.
(b) The same place.
(c) A foreign land.
(d) The East Coast.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who can be said to be Mel's foil in this story?

2. Which of the following terms refers to the literal definition of 'heart'?

3. Why is Mel's story interrupted in the middle?

4. How does the author characterize Laura?

5. Which of the following characters chastises another at one point in the story?

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