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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What new thing happened to Frazier and his friends as they grew up in "A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose"?
(a) They realized being lazy was what they should do for a living.
(b) They started to like girls.
(c) They all grew apart and weren't friends anymore.
(d) They began to feel guilty when they were not being productive.

2. How did Accawi's village become part of the global community?
(a) Central air conditioning.
(b) The telephone.
(c) The internet.
(d) Electricity.

3. Which female wants to define herself by what she did and how she treated others from the essay "Hair"?
(a) Her youngest sister.
(b) Aldrich.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Aldrich's older sister.

4. Pertaining to "Book Marks" what parallel is McClanahan making to her own life story?
(a) Her first daughter's life.
(b) Her mother's life.
(c) The direction of the wind.
(d) The underlinings in a library book, made by a previous reader.

5. When McClanahan's husband leaves her, what does she do?
(a) Moves to Europe.
(b) Attempts suicide.
(c) Burns all of their pictures.
(d) Runs after his car and trips.

6. What did Sanders inherit in "The Inheritance of Tools"?
(a) An old rocking chair.
(b) A house.
(c) A car.
(d) His dad's carpentry tools.

7. What feeling does Frazier seem to take about society's lack of idleness in "A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose"?
(a) It is maddening.
(b) He doesn't care either way.
(c) He is hopeful.
(d) It is tragic.

8. What is Ehrlich reflecting on in "Spring"?
(a) The insignificance of human existence .
(b) Her illness.
(c) Her late husband.
(d) The beautiful country.

9. What are the benefits of Accawi's village becoming a global community?
(a) The ability to communicate to other cities.
(b) The chance to meet famous people.
(c) More opportunities to travel.
(d) More educational opportunities and better pay.

10. How does Accawi feel about his village becoming a global community?
(a) He is nostalgic for his younger years.
(b) He thinks the village is on a search for a better life that they have yet to find.
(c) He hates everything about it.
(d) He loves the progression his community is undergoing.

11. What does Ofri originally think is the problem with her patient in "Merced?
(a) She has a tumor.
(b) She has lyme disease.
(c) She has leukemia.
(d) She has aseptic meningitis.

12. Pertaining to "In the Kitchen," what is Gates reflecting on?
(a) His mother's cooking.
(b) Black athletes.
(c) His childhood home.
(d) Black hairstyles.

13. What is the main sign that McClanahan's first marriage is doomed to sadness?
(a) She was in love with her best friend.
(b) Her husband impregnated another woman.
(c) McClanahan could not have any children.
(d) McClanahan cheated on him with another man.

14. Pertaining to "Turning Point," who does Chelminski interview?
(a) Madonna.
(b) Sean Penn.
(c) Philippe Petit.
(d) James Joyce.

15. What does McClanahan se from the margins of the previous reader?
(a) The same despair she once had.
(b) Love for poetry.
(c) Passion.
(d) The desire for love.

Short Answer Questions

1. What issue is Frazier discussing about the modern world in the essay "A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose"?

2. What does Grealy look down on?

3. What two things does Fadiman compare in "Mail"?

4. In Mother Tongue, who always made sense to Tan, even if the speech was grammatically incorrect?

5. What happens to change Ofri's state of being in "Merced"?

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