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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the woman in "The Waltz" respond to the young man who asks her to dance?
(a) She accepts, but then mentally complains the whole time.
(b) She pretends that she is waiting for someone.
(c) She turns him down and then laughs about him after he leaves.
(d) She politely refuses and waits for another man to ask.

2. In the story "Arrangement in Black and White," why is the woman at the dinner party relieved that she did not use the "n-word" in front of Walter Williams?
(a) She was afraid she would embarrass her host.
(b) She was afraid it would embarrass Mr. Williams.
(c) She was afraid that Mr. Williams might have found it offensive.
(d) She was afraid that the other guests would be offended.

3. Who decided that the Old Gentleman should come to live with the Bains?
(a) Mrs. Whittaker.
(b) The Old Gentleman.
(c) Mr. Bain.
(d) Mrs. Bain.

4. What kind of work does Mrs. Martindale do?
(a) She sews uniforms for soldiers at war.
(b) She sews hospital gowns for the war relief.
(c) She knits blankets for the army hospitals.
(d) She organizes fundraisers for war relief efforts.

5. Which of the following best describes the way that the young man in "The Waltz" dances?
(a) He tries to mimic the popular moves of the day, but fails.
(b) He makes up his own moves, stepping on his partner and kicking her shin.
(c) He has a natural, graceful movement that others admire.
(d) His movements are stiff, but he tries to excute them precisely.

6. What kind of necklace do Annabel and Midge see in the window of the jewelry shop?
(a) A velvet choker with a ruby-studded cameo.
(b) A solid-gold, herringbone chain with a jewel-encrusted pendant.
(c) A double strand, pearl nacklace with an emerald clasp.
(d) A strand of black pearls with a diamond pendant.

7. In the poem "The Trifler," who would the narrator like to take as a lover?
(a) Youth.
(b) Death.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Pride.

8. How does the young man in "The Sexes" convince the girl that he is not interested in Florence Leaming?
(a) He compliments the girl's physical appearance.
(b) He tells her that Florence Leaming is engaged to be married.
(c) He promises to never see Florence Leaming again.
(d) He offers to marry her.

9. In the poem "Hearthside," what does the narrator dream of?
(a) Visiting far-away places.
(b) A time when all the world is at peace.
(c) Children who have gone away.
(d) Returning to the warm of home.

10. In the poem "Epitaph," how many times does the narrator die?
(a) One.
(b) Three.
(c) Nine.
(d) Two.

11. How long is Mimi's husband supposed to have for leave in the story "The Lovely Leave"?
(a) Forty-eight hours.
(b) Twenty-four hours.
(c) One week.
(d) A whole weekend.

12. In "Social Note," what advice does the narrator give to women who are seduced by "discreet" men?
(a) Be discreet as well.
(b) Run.
(c) Consider yourself lucky.
(d) Tell everyone.

13. What animal did the last of Hobie's decorators collect and add to his decor?
(a) Turtles.
(b) Elephants.
(c) Giraffes.
(d) Zebras.

14. What color dress does Mimi buy for her husband's leave?
(a) Red.
(b) Lemon yellow.
(c) Navy.
(d) Black.

15. What advice does the poem "Resume" give?
(a) Suicide is too painful and too much trouble, so choose to live instead.
(b) Live life the way that the narrator has and be happy.
(c) Men and women are too different to remain loyal.
(d) Never allow a love to destroy you.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Mrs. Corning?

2. How long does Mimi have to prepare for her husband's leave?

3. Who does the narrator repeatedly address throughout the story "A Telephone Call"?

4. According to the poem "Fighting Words," what would cause the narrator to desert her lover?

5. Why has the Bains' son, Paul, been sent away?

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