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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which of the following is an example of situational irony?
(a) Terri is Mel's wife, but used to be married to his brother.
(b) Laura and Nick are not really in love.
(c) Mel says he does not know anything about love, and the reader finds this to be true.
(d) The story is about finding the meaning of love, yet it ends with no clear meaning at all.

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

5. According to the author, how common are the stages of love the couples are experiencing?
(a) They are unique to these couples.
(b) They are universal.
(c) They are common to couples their age.
(d) They are common to Western European couples.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom does Mel appear to be in conflict over the concept of love more than any other character?

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

3. Which of the following are included in the plot of Carver's story?

4. Which of the following characters can be said to be a tragic hero?

5. How does the author characterize Nick?

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