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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 does Chapter 4 consist of?
(a) A page from a play.
(b) A news article.
(c) A magazine cover.
(d) A broadcast edit.

2. Why does the author quote Mr. Glendenning in Chapter 9?
(a) As a fan.
(b) As a fellow writer.
(c) As an authority figure.
(d) As a liar.

3. What does RECs stand for?
(a) Regional Exploratory Centers.
(b) Random Evaluations Centers.
(c) Regional Examination Centers.
(d) Risk and Evaluations Centers.

4. In Chapter 13, what does the author suggest causes the sweat attacks?
(a) Thinking about sweat attacks.
(b) Worry about his love life.
(c) Genetics.
(d) Drinking.

5. How is Chapter 11 constructed?
(a) As a case study.
(b) As an interview.
(c) As a script.
(d) As a list.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 14, what does one interviewee say was the basis of IRS agent performance review in the past?

2. Why does the author suggest researching government documents in Chapter 9?

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

4. How does the author describe the man in Chapter 5?

5. In Chapter 9, who does the author blame for problems with editing this novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the beginning of this novel, how does Claude feel about his job?

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

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

4. Why does the author talk about the dullness of the IRS in Chapter 9?

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

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

7. How is Chapter 9 different from the rest of the chapters in this novel?

8. How is Claude's psychic ability described in Chapter 15?

9. Why does Dean marry Sheri in Chapter 6?

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

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