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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the narrator characterize human love?
(a) The most delicious of songs.
(b) The highest of feelings.
(c) The coldest of visions.
(d) The warmest of annihilations.

2. How far away would the orange need to be, in the narrator's illustration, to represent how far away Vonnadoria would be?
(a) In Canada.
(b) In Italy.
(c) In New Zealand.
(d) In Mercury’s orbit.

3. What reason does the narrator provide for why humans love?
(a) Because they are overflowing.
(b) Because they are mortal.
(c) Because they are thwarted.
(d) Because they are minor deities.

4. What happens when the narrator reaches out to touch Isobel’s neck and kill her?
(a) Gulliver bursts in and interrupts.
(b) The narrator has a qualm of conscience and stops.
(c) She turns over and says she loves him.
(d) Newton growls at him and stops him.

5. What does the narrator say happens when everything becomes alien?
(a) The alien becomes familiar.
(b) Reason emerges.
(c) It is time to go.
(d) The breakdown begins.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator say he found terrifying about making love with Maggie?

2. Why does the replacement say humans need to be limited in their technology?

3. What part of the night sky does the narrator say affects humans?

4. What does the Vonnadorians’ understanding of prime numbers allow them to do?

5. What does the narrator say love allows humans to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator learn from reading Isobel’s novel Wider than the Sky?

2. What explanation does the narrator offer the hosts, for his inability to perform the task he was sent to perform?

3. How can the narrator tell that someone was in his house?

4. What effect does the host's “warning” have on the narrator (159)?

5. What does the narrator learn from the fall he takes with Gulliver?

6. What happens when the narrator sets Gulliver up to fight Theo “The Fucking Business” Clarke (181)?

7. What is the narrator about to tell Isobel when he sees Zӧe being harassed on the street?

8. How does the narrator dispose of the replacement’s body?

9. Why does the narrator put his hand on the AGA where the replacement’s hand had been burned?

10. How does the narrator get Gulliver’s buy-in for his authority and power?

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