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. In Minor Heroism, who is posing in the famous picture with the narrator's father?
(a) Audrey Hepburn.
(b) The Andrews Sisters.
(c) Betty Grable.
(d) Marilyn Monroe.

2. In Minor Heroism, what happens between father and son one New Year's Eve that shocks the father?
(a) In frsutration the father called his son names.
(b) His son knocked him to the ground.
(c) In anger the father hit his son.
(d) His son told him he was getting married.

3. What do Nick and Karen do on Sundays?
(a) They drove to the country.
(b) They slept late and read the paper all afternoon.
(c) They jogged or worked out in a gym.
(d) They jogged or practiced basketball.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the husband in Cathedral find disconcerting about Robert?

2. Where does the narrator, Cheryl and Edna spend the night when their car breaks down?

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

4. In The Fat Girl, what did Louise's mother start talking to her about when Louise was eight years old?

5. What kind of car does the narrator of Rock Springs steal?

(see the answer key)

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