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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who asks Mel to continue the story of the old couple?
(a) Nick.
(b) Terri.
(c) Mel.
(d) Laura.

2. What does Mel say would happen if any of the main characters died?
(a) The other couple would take their partner in as part of the family.
(b) All of the characters' ideas about love would change drastically.
(c) Their partner would die also.
(d) Their partner would grieve and would then search for a new partner.

3. Who decides that calling Mel's children might not be a good idea?
(a) Nick.
(b) Laura.
(c) Mel.
(d) Terri.

4. What is the main topic of the couples' conversation?
(a) The difference between marriage and cohabitation.
(b) The meaning of real love.
(c) The ups and downs of married life.
(d) The unrealistic hope of everlasting love.

5. How does Terri's ex-boyfriend attempt suicide the first time?
(a) Hanging himself.
(b) Overdosing on psychiatric medication.
(c) Cutting his wrists.
(d) Drinking rat poison.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mel claims he loved:

2. Who reminds Mel that it is for the best that he has his current profession?

3. Terri recalls a period of her life during which she lived like a:

4. What time of day does the story take place?

5. What does Terri say she will bring out for everyone to nibble on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Mel's relationship with the old couple like?

2. How many views of the situation does the author give the reader? Do you think this is helpful or not? Why?

3. Describe the relationship between Laura and Nick.

4. How long have Nick and Laura been married in comparison to Terri and Mel?

5. Why do you think the characters enter a depressive state by the end of the story?

6. Why does Mel become more and more animated?

7. Describe the setting at the end of the story.

8. Why is it ironic that Mel is a cardiologist by profession?

9. What relationship does Mel have to the old man in the hospital?

10. Why does Terri hope that Marjorie will remarry or die?

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