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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. What textual feature does Chapter 9 have that is missing from the other chapters?
(a) Headings.
(b) Footnotes.
(c) In-text citations.
(d) Quotes.

2. In Chapter 9, what does the author say is the IRS' biggest strength?
(a) Being run by men.
(b) Being dull.
(c) Being educated.
(d) Being a government agency.

3. In Chapter 19, how are the speakers identified?
(a) By full name.
(b) By social security number.
(c) By job title.
(d) Most of them are not identified.

4. At the end of Chapter 9, what does the author say is good at hiding things?
(a) Complicated things.
(b) Large things.
(c) Ugly things.
(d) People.

5. Why does the author suggest researching government documents in Chapter 9?
(a) To undermine elected officials.
(b) To find a job.
(c) To kill time.
(d) To increase understanding.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Merrill's middle name?

2. In Chapter 13, what does the character try to attribute his sweating to?

3. How is Chapter 17 presented?

4. How do higher temperatures affect the character in Chapter 13?

5. In Chapter 16, how does Lane feel toward his job?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 16, what does Lane Dean Jr.'s character reveal about the work of the IRS?

2. In Chapter 9, what does the author say is wrong with his publisher?

3. While describing Stecyk in Chapter 12, what does the narrator comment on about the boy's future?

4. What point does the author make about the "information society" in Chapter 9?

5. What makes Claude happy in Chapter 2?

6. What is the purpose of Chapter 11?

7. In Chapter 5, what has happened to the boy's mother?

8. Why do people dislike the boy in Chapter 5?

9. How do the characters in Chapter 18 react to Desk Names?

10. In Chapter 10, how does the author explain the existence of the bureaucratic systems he describes?

(see the answer keys)

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