The Best American Short Stories of the Century Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In "Theft" what does the main character try to give the thief?
(a) A purse.
(b) A necklace.
(c) Money.
(d) A piece of her mind.

3. In "Christmas Gift" why does Sill enter the store?
(a) He is hurt and needs help.
(b) He sees his father through the window.
(c) To buy sugar.
(d) To get warm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In "That in Aleppo Once..." what does the wife's former address turn out to be?
(a) A boat slip.
(b) A vacant lot.
(c) A grocery store.
(d) A prison.

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

12. In "The Killers" why do the two killers enter a particular public place?
(a) Ole Anderson owns the establishment.
(b) Ole Anderson just walked by.
(c) Ole Anderson is hiding in the bathroom.
(d) Ole Anderson is supposed to come there.

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

14. In "The Hitch-Hikers" who kills Sanford?
(a) He kills himself.
(b) Tom Harris.
(c) Sobby.
(d) The little boy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Hitch-Hikers" where does Tom Harris take the men?

2. In "The Country Husband" what does Julia love to do?

3. In "The Country Husband" Francis responds rudely to a neighbor. What was she trying to talk to him about?

4. In "My Dead Brother Comes to America," what does the family do after they are all in the new home?

5. In "Theft" what is the main character's name?

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