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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In "The Other Woman" when does the storyteller think of the other woman?
(a) When he is with his wife.
(b) When he is at the gas station.
(c) Only at night.
(d) When he is on vacation.

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

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

6. In "The Second Tree From the Corner," what does the doctor want?
(a) A Corvette.
(b) A mistress.
(c) A hospital wing.
(d) A sandwich.

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

8. In "The Country Husband" what event happens at the beginning of the story?
(a) A house burns down.
(b) Someone dies.
(c) A plane crashes.
(d) Two people get married.

9. In "Theft" the thief is stealing for ____________.
(a) Her niece.
(b) Her husband.
(c) Herself.
(d) Her daughter.

10. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin," what does Richard do to hide the sister's mistakes during a recital?
(a) Asks her not to play.
(b) Plays for her.
(c) Tells her to play softly.
(d) Plays louder.

11. In "Wild Plums" why does the narrator's father visit the Slump property?
(a) To retrieve his plow.
(b) To go pluming.
(c) To arrange his daughter's marriage.
(d) To collect rent.

12. In "The Second Tree From the Corner," what mode of transportation does Mr. Trexler use?
(a) He walks.
(b) A taxi.
(c) A bike.
(d) The bus.

13. In "The Hitch-Hikers" where does Tom Harris take the men?
(a) A motel.
(b) A funeral.
(c) A wedding.
(d) A church.

14. Who wrote "The Other Woman"?
(a) John Smith.
(b) Sherwood Anderson.
(c) Maya Angelou.
(d) Mark Twain.

15. In "The Country Husband" Francis had been in the __________.
(a) Army.
(b) Navy.
(c) Air Force.
(d) Marines.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Christmas Gift" who is having a baby?

2. In "The Other Woman," in front of whom does the storyteller cry?

3. In "Wild Plums" why does the young girl jump off her father's carriage?

4. In "That in Aleppo Once..." how does the narrator feel at the end of the story?

5. In "Christmas Gift" what does the storekeeper give the boy?

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