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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. What does drinking liquor in Amelia's house signify?
(a) Her engagement party.
(b) The end of Prohibition.
(c) The opening of her cafe.
(d) Her housewarming party.

2. What does Amelia slaughter for a town barbecue?
(a) Pig.
(b) Goat.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Cow.

3. What does Amelia do with the gifts Marvin gives her?
(a) Shows them to her friends.
(b) Puts them on display.
(c) Puts them in storage.
(d) Sells them in her general store.

4. Who was Miss Amelia's husband?
(a) Joe Ernest.
(b) Ed Feverfew.
(c) Mack Todd.
(d) Marvin Macy.

5. What does Marvin do to Lymon to get him to be quiet?
(a) Tells him to sshhhhh.
(b) Ignores him.
(c) Bashes him on the head.
(d) Slaps him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What business does Amelia run from her house?

2. What is an evil omen about Marvin?

3. With what is Marvin associated in the story?

4. What did critics say about Frances' performance of the piece in #83?

5. What is notable about a man who approaches Amelia's house one day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Frances begun to dread her piano lessons even though she is technically very competent?

2. Who is Mr. Brook and what feat has he just managed to pull off for his college?

3. What happens when a young boy enters a diner one night?

4. How does John connect with his ex-wife, Elizabeth, while in New York?

5. How does Lymon try to ingratiate himself to Marvin?

6. What details does McCullers provide which would serve to especially infuriate Bitsy about the men?

7. Explain the old man's "a tree, a rock, a cloud" system of learning to love.

8. Why could Martin's children not eat the meal their mother had prepared for them earlier?

9. What is Mr. Brook's first clue that Madame Zilensky may have mental issues?

10. After listening to so many of Madame Zilensky's stories, what finally alerts Mr. Brook that she is a pathological liar?

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