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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "That in Aleppo Once..." the wife cries for __________.
(a) A cat.
(b) Herself.
(c) A dog.
(d) Her family.

2. In "Wild Plums" what is the narrator's name?
(a) Stephanie.
(b) Mary.
(c) Anna Marie.
(d) The reader is not told.

3. In "The Second Tree From the Corner," what does Mr. Trexler travel several blocks without doing?
(a) Having bizarre thoughts.
(b) Yelling at his son.
(c) Getting a blister.
(d) Having chest pains.

4. In "Wild Plums" what does the Slump family throw to the narrator?
(a) Oranges.
(b) A handful of rocks.
(c) Wild plums.
(d) A bible.

5. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin", what does Miss Aehle say about Richard and the sister?
(a) They are musical prodigies.
(b) They have no talent.
(c) They look alike.
(d) They are dating.

6. Who wrote "Wild Plums"?
(a) Grace Stone Coates.
(b) Jackie Kennedy.
(c) Fannie Flagg.
(d) Joyce Carol Oates.

7. In "The Killers" where does the first part of the story take place?
(a) A church.
(b) A lunch counter.
(c) A gas station.
(d) A school.

8. Who wrote "Christmas Gift"?
(a) Robert Penn Warren.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) Henry Miller.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

9. In "Christmas Gift" who gives the boy directions?
(a) A priest.
(b) The doctor.
(c) The storekeeper.
(d) A customer.

10. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin,", how old is Richard?
(a) 4.
(b) 17.
(c) 12.
(d) 22.

11. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin," what happens to Richard?
(a) He goes crazy.
(b) He dies.
(c) He marries the sister.
(d) He becomes a priest.

12. In "The Country Husband" who kisses Francis?
(a) Anne.
(b) The secretary.
(c) The maid.
(d) The neighbor.

13. In "The Hitch-Hikers" who gives away the guitar?
(a) The motel owner.
(b) Sobby.
(c) Tom Harris.
(d) Sanford.

14. In "The Second Tree From the Corner," what makes Mr. Trexler happy?
(a) Feeling the sun in his face.
(b) French fries.
(c) Exercising.
(d) Knowing he doesn't want the same things as the doctor.

15. Who wrote "Theft"?
(a) Dorothy Parker.
(b) Sam Collins.
(c) Katherine Anne Porter.
(d) Fannie Flagg.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "That in Aleppo Once..." what mode of transportation is taken on the way to the honeymoon?

2. In "My Dead Brother Comes to America," what has the father gotten for all the children?

3. Who wrote "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin"?

4. In "The Second Tree From the Corner," what does the doctor want?

5. In "The Country Husband" who listens to Francis tell about the event that has just happened?

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