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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 wants to know what the characters are going to do after the glass is spilled?
(a) Terri.
(b) Mel.
(c) Laura.
(d) Nick.

2. Which character spent five years in a seminary?
(a) Nick.
(b) Laura.
(c) Mel.
(d) Terri.

3. Why does Mel say he would have liked to have been born in medieval times?
(a) So he could have cooked better food for "the masses."
(b) So he could have worn armor.
(c) So he could have courted a woman more properly.
(d) So he could have had a shorter lifespan.

4. Where is Mel when Terri's ex-boyfriend is brought to the hospital?
(a) At his home with Terri.
(b) Unknown.
(c) At the restaurant.
(d) At the hospital.

5. Which of the following does Mel wonder about new love?
(a) Why it feels so comforting.
(b) Who really believes it will last.
(c) Where it goes.
(d) What chemical imbalance causes it to happen.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the relationship between Nick and Laura?

2. Mel claims he loved:

3. What is the geographic setting for the story?

4. What can the narrator hear near the end of the story?

5. Who is the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mel seem to require in order to feel comfortable about opening up to the other characters?

3. How is a sense of repressed hostility presented in the story?

4. What does the author seem to be saying about universal stages and phases of love?

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

6. Does Terri think her ex-boyfriend loved her? Why?

7. What does Mel tell Laura he would do if anything happened to their spouses? Why?

8. What does Mel hope will happen to his ex-wife and why?

9. Who is the dominant character in Carver's story, and how do you know?

10. What does the narrator hear at the end of the story, and why is this important?

(see the answer keys)

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