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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What sight causes Hazel to lose her high spirits as she is on her way to meet Art?
(a) A mangy dog shivering behind a pile of trash.
(b) A drunken old man stumbling along the street.
(c) A ragged cart horse being beaten by its driver.
(d) An emaciated child begging on the street corner.

2. How do both Mrs. Weldon and Mr. Weldon feel about their apartment?
(a) Mrs. Weldon likes the apartment, but Mr. Weldon dislikes it.
(b) Mr. Weldon likes the apartment, but Mrs. Weldon dislikes it.
(c) Both like the apartment, but they assume that the other dislikes it.
(d) Both dislike the apartment, but they assume that the other likes it.

3. What is the one "edged" thing in the poem "Midnight"?
(a) The narrator's heart.
(b) The rustling leaves.
(c) The blades of grass.
(d) The cresent moon.

4. Why does the narrator in "Thought for a Sunshiny Morning" not mind stepping on a worm?
(a) She knows that worms will devour her when she is dead.
(b) Thousands more live beneath the earth.
(c) The worm's body will feed the earth.
(d) She sees no purpose in their existence.

5. What phrase does the narrator of "Coda" use to describe love?
(a) A permanent flop.
(b) An eternal bore.
(c) A treasured gift.
(d) A dangerous delight.

6. How does Mrs. Murdock feel about her dress as she leaves her visit with Miss Noyes and Lily Wynton?
(a) She feels a tenderness toward her clothes because they are her own.
(b) The dress makes her feel like an actress on stage.
(c) She wants to alter it to look more like Lily Wynton's dress.
(d) She is embarrassed by the plain style and color.

7. What does the narrator wish for the girl in the poem "Story"?
(a) That she will find true love.
(b) That her lover will be faithful.
(c) That her mother will wash her mouth out with soap.
(d) That she will be the first to leave her relationship.

8. During what year is the story "Just a Little One" set?
(a) 1932.
(b) 1919.
(c) 1925.
(d) 1928.

9. What gift does the narrator give to the six soldiers as they leave?
(a) A cigarette lighter.
(b) Twenty dollars.
(c) A flask of whiskey.
(d) The rest of her pack of cigarettes.

10. Among the "Tombstones in the Starlight," whom does "The Very Rich Man" now entertain?
(a) His own eternal thoughts.
(b) The most pathetic spirits.
(c) The most exclusive worms.
(d) The poorest of the poor.

11. What excuse does the narrator suggest would have been better to explain Mona's "illness"?
(a) A broken heart.
(b) A nervous condition.
(c) Pneumonia.
(d) Influenza or ptomaine poisoning.

12. What is the narrator's dilemma in the poem "Dilemma"?
(a) Her lover would be scared away whether she were meek or strong.
(b) She cannot choose between comfort and true love.
(c) She loves two men but cannot choose between them.
(d) Her lover wants her to change, but she needs to be true to herself.

13. How does Herbie react when Hazel begins to drink Scotch?
(a) He says that Scotch is not lady-like.
(b) He does not know since she drinks in secret.
(c) He is happy that she is loosening up.
(d) He is worried that she is drinking too much.

14. How long has the girl in the short story "The Last Tea" been waiting for the young man?
(a) Over an hour.
(b) Twenty minutes.
(c) Forty minutes.
(d) Five minutes.

15. According to "Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals," how are women and elephants alike?
(a) They are faithful.
(b) They never forget.
(c) They are trusting.
(d) They always agree.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Willow," during what month is the earth "sweet" and "young."

2. What does the girl in "The Last Tea" think about girls who drink alcohol.

3. What complaint does the narrator of "Bohemia" express about sculptors and singers?

4. What does Hazel ask Nettie to do for her after her suicide attempt?

5. How much time passes between the time that Horace leaves the narrator's home and the time that he calls the house?

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