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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does the tone change as the story progresses?
(a) It relaxes.
(b) It becomes humorous.
(c) It becomes more tense.
(d) There is no clear tone.

4. Which of the following symbolizes the hopelessness the characters feel about finding real love?
(a) The discovery that the group's favorite restaurant is closed.
(b) The rainstorm.
(c) The glass spilling on the table.
(d) The meal burning in the oven.

5. In what part of the story does the exposition appear?
(a) There is not exposition in this story.
(b) The end.
(c) The middle.
(d) The beginning.

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

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

8. What do the characters talk about after Mel is finished with his story?
(a) Their feelings for each other.
(b) Where to go for dinner.
(c) The weather outside.
(d) Nothing.

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

10. Over what length of time does this story take place?
(a) One evening.
(b) About thirty minutes.
(c) One week.
(d) Two days.

11. What can describe Mel's behavior as the conversation progresses?
(a) Loving.
(b) Withdrawn.
(c) Animated.
(d) Repressed.

12. Which of the following is an important theme in the story?
(a) Laughing.
(b) Crying.
(c) Telling the truth.
(d) Drinking.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As Carver's story progresses, how do Mel and Terri's attitudes toward each other change?

2. Which of the following is the resolution following the climax?

3. How many stages of love are there, according to the author?

4. Which of the following literary devices does the author use in his story?

5. Which of the following is a symbol in this story?

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