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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 Stecyk's neighbors react to him in Chapter 12?
(a) They are pleased.
(b) They are annoyed.
(c) They laugh at him.
(d) They run away from him.

2. What title does Lane Dean Jr. have in Chapter 16?
(a) Investigator.
(b) Examiner.
(c) Agent.
(d) Chief.

3. In Chapter 2, what ranking does Reynolds hold?
(a) GS-9.
(b) GS-11.
(c) GS-10.
(d) GS-8.

4. In Chapter 9, why does the author single out the year 1985?
(a) For the death of a loved one.
(b) For the birth of his son.
(c) For the presidential election.
(d) For the changes in tax law.

5. Why does Lowtis confront his neighbor in Chapter 20?
(a) Because of lost mail.
(b) Because of overgrown grass.
(c) Because of a robbery.
(d) Because of a barking dog.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 21, what does the interviewer seem most interested in?

2. Why is the taxpayer being interviewed in Chapter 21?

3. What type of psychic is Claude?

4. In Chapter 2, where does Claude allude to previously working?

5. In Chapter 13, what part of the character's body is not affected by the sweat attacks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the girl and her mother get away in Chapter 8?

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 13, what problem does the main character suffer from?

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

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

9. In Chapter 9, what does the author say about the first few pages of any book?

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

(see the answer keys)

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