The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Minor Heroism by Allan Gurganus.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the husband in Cathedral find disconcerting about Robert?
(a) Robert is a paraplegic.
(b) Robert is blind.
(c) Robert is over seven feet tall.
(d) Robert is only twenty years old.

2. In the story Rock Springs, what animal does Edna win in a bet?
(a) A spider monkey.
(b) A goat.
(c) A tarantula.
(d) A kitten.

3. When did Emily first meet Willi Varig?
(a) In hgih school.
(b) Two years after they were married.
(c) Ten years after WWII.
(d) Twenty years before the birth of their child.

4. As A Vintage Thunderbird opens, who are the people driving from Virginia to New York?
(a) Mick and Susan.
(b) Nick and Lauren.
(c) Mick and Karen.
(d) Nick and Karen.

5. Who is Little Duke?
(a) The narrator's daughter's dog.
(b) The name of the restaurant.
(c) Edna's uncle.
(d) A stray cat.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Minor Heroism, where in the house does Bryan sit and draw his pictures?

2. What does Louise have hidden in the back of her closet behind her stuffed animals?

3. In Talk of Heroes, Who is Willi Varig?

4. What did Louise sneak out of the kitchen when she was a young child?

5. What does Bryan tell his father to do with the picture he has drawn?

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