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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote "The Country Husband"?
(a) John Cheever.
(b) John Updike.
(c) Jean Stanford.
(d) Dorothy Parker.

2. In "Wild Plums" what was the Slump family supposed to return on their way to the woods?
(a) The plums.
(b) The jam jars.
(c) The plow.
(d) The bicycle.

3. In "The Country Husband" what does Francis buy for Anne?
(a) A car.
(b) A new dress.
(c) A cat.
(d) A bracelet.

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

5. In "The Country Husband" Clayton Thomas is engaged to _______________.
(a) Julia.
(b) Madeleine.
(c) Anne.
(d) Charlotte.

6. Who wrote "That in Aleppo Once..."?
(a) Vladimir Nabokov.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) Tom Harris.
(d) Bob Smith.

7. In "The Hitch-Hikers" Sobby takes a bottle from ____________.
(a) A dumpster.
(b) The restaurant.
(c) The side of the road.
(d) His bag.

8. In "Wild Plums" who asks the young girl to go pluming?
(a) Teresa.
(b) Her mother.
(c) Her father.
(d) The Slump family.

9. In "Christmas Gift" what is the boy's name?
(a) George.
(b) Larry.
(c) Sill.
(d) Tommy.

10. In "Theft" why did the thief enter the main character's apartment?
(a) To have breakfast.
(b) To visit.
(c) To clean.
(d) To check the radiator.

11. Who wrote "The Killers"?
(a) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) W.E.B. Du Bois.
(d) Sherlock Holmes.

12. In "The Country Husband" whom does Francis recognize at his neighbor's house?
(a) The butler.
(b) The maid.
(c) The guest of honor.
(d) The babysitter.

13. Who wrote "The Hitch-Hikers"?
(a) Augusten Burroughs.
(b) Eudora Welty.
(c) Dorothy Parker.
(d) E.B. White.

14. In "The Other Woman" what is about to happen in the storyteller's life?
(a) He will attend a funeral.
(b) He will soon be married.
(c) He will become a priest.
(d) He will soon be divorced.

15. In "The Killers" why do the two men want to kill Ole Anderson?
(a) Ole is a Communist.
(b) The reader is not told.
(c) Ole owes money to his bookie.
(d) Ole killed their brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote "Wild Plums"?

2. In "The Killers" what was Ole Anderson's former profession?

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

4. In "The Hitch-Hikers" who kills Sanford?

5. In "Christmas Gift" who gives the boy directions?

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