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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following terms refers to the literal definition of 'heart'?
(a) Imagery.
(b) Symbolism.
(c) Denotation.
(d) Connotation.

2. What sort of love does Mel have trouble understanding?
(a) Unrequited.
(b) Harsh and fierce.
(c) Soft and gentle.
(d) Pure and fulfilling.

3. After Mel finished his story, who does the narrator think knows the meaning of true love?
(a) Laura.
(b) No one.
(c) Terri.
(d) Ed.

4. What is the tone of the story as Nick kisses his wife's hand?
(a) Romantic and sweet.
(b) Fast-paced and rushed.
(c) Serious and arcane.
(d) Dull and subdued.

5. Which of the following describes the literary device Carver uses when Terri and Mel talk about Terri's past relationship in detail?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) Imagery.
(c) Dramatic irony.
(d) Flashback.

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

7. Which character becomes increasingly offensive over the course of the story?
(a) Laura.
(b) Nick.
(c) Mel.
(d) Marjorie.

8. How does the author characterize Laura?
(a) Virtuous and innocent.
(b) Transparent and unreliable.
(c) Harsh and unreasonable.
(d) Intelligent and observant.

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

10. How is the topic of love broached?
(a) The characters are reading the same book.
(b) Laura's children ask about it.
(c) Terri has a dream about love.
(d) Mel starts talking about it.

11. What is Nick's understanding of Terri and Mel's relationship?
(a) It is something he wants to work toward.
(b) It is unromantic and hostile.
(c) It is strong and full of love for each other.
(d) He is neutral toward their relationship.

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

13. How does the author characterize Terri and Mel's relationship?
(a) Egalitarian and loving.
(b) Unstable and volatile.
(c) Hostile and rocky.
(d) Strong and honest.

14. Who encourages Mel to explore the topic of love?
(a) His wife.
(b) Laura.
(c) No one.
(d) Terri.

15. What seems to help Mel and the other characters loosen up?
(a) Music.
(b) Alcohol.
(c) Eating.
(d) Chocolate.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Terri think of the other couple's relationship?

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

3. In what part of the story does the exposition appear?

4. What aspects of the heart does Mel understand?

5. Why does Mel become frustrated?

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