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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many purposes does the alcohol serve in this story?
(a) None.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) It is unclear.

2. Which of the following is a symbol in this story?
(a) Death.
(b) Alcohol.
(c) Music.
(d) The heart.

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

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

5. Which of the following literary techniques does the author use in comparing Mel's profession with the topic of conversation?
(a) Imagery.
(b) Alliteration.
(c) Symbolism.
(d) Foreshadowing.

6. How does the author characterize Laura and Terri's relationship?
(a) Based on the fact that they work together.
(b) Somewhat distant.
(c) Focused on lots of shared interests.
(d) Very close and sisterly.

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

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

9. The alcohol in the story has a _________________ effect on the characters.
(a) Depressing.
(b) Enlightening.
(c) Animated.
(d) Passionate.

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

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

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

13. Which of the following is the resolution following the climax?
(a) The acceptance of Laura by Terri and Nick.
(b) The compromise between Nick and Mel.
(c) The sun rising.
(d) The characters meditating on the meaning of love.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspects of the heart does Mel understand?

2. According to the author, what is the ultimate conclusion about the meaning of love?

3. Where are the other characters when Mel begins to talk about love?

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

5. What purpose does foil serve in this story?

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