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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the tone of Mel's story about the old couple?
(a) Wistful.
(b) Juvenile.
(c) Morose.
(d) Disgusted.

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

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

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

6. What time of day does this story end?
(a) Late afternoon.
(b) Midday.
(c) Dinnertime.
(d) Early morning.

7. What can be said to be a motif in Carver's story?
(a) The color red.
(b) Letters.
(c) Heat.
(d) Love.

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

9. What is the narrator's understanding of the meaning of love by the end of the story?
(a) It is unclear.
(b) It is depressing.
(c) It is only available to those married a long time.
(d) It is full of thrills and romance.

10. Which of the following characters are able to loosen up over the course of the story?
(a) All of them.
(b) Only Mel.
(c) Nick and Laura.
(d) Terri and Mel.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the author uses the term 'universal', to what is he referring?

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

3. Which of the following best describes the mood of the old woman at the end of Mel's story?

4. What sort of love does Mel have trouble understanding?

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

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