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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 narrator immigrates to ____________.
(a) South Africa.
(b) China.
(c) America.
(d) England.

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

3. Who wrote "My Dead Brother Comes to America"?
(a) E.B. White.
(b) Sherwood Anderson.
(c) Alexander Godin.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

5. Who wrote "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin"?
(a) Tennessee Williams.
(b) Bob Hope.
(c) Ernest Hemingway.
(d) Augusten Burroughs.

6. In "The Country Husband" how does Francis assault Julia?
(a) He rapes her.
(b) He shoves her down the stairs.
(c) He slaps her.
(d) He chokes her.

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

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

9. In "The Other Woman," in front of whom does the storyteller cry?
(a) His mother-in-law.
(b) His fiancee and wedding guests.
(c) The other woman.
(d) His co-workers.

10. In "My Dead Brother Comes to America," the family is waiting onshore for ____________.
(a) A policeman.
(b) The mother.
(c) A priest.
(d) The father.

11. In "My Dead Brother Comes to America," how did the brother die?
(a) He committed suicide.
(b) He choked on a peanut.
(c) In a car accident.
(d) In the war.

12. In "Christmas Gift" who gives the boy a cigarette?
(a) The priest.
(b) The storekeeper.
(c) A bum.
(d) The doctor.

13. In "That in Aleppo Once..." what mode of transportation is taken on the way to the honeymoon?
(a) Bicycle.
(b) Car.
(c) Plane.
(d) Train.

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

15. In "The Hitch-Hikers" what does Sobby try to steal?
(a) The car.
(b) Money.
(c) The guitar.
(d) Food.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Christmas Gift" what is the boy's name?

2. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin," the boy has a crush on ___________.

3. Who wrote "The Country Husband"?

4. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin," what does the boy turn to after he realizes he is losing his best friend?

5. In "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin," the sister has a crush on ______________.

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