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 The Fat Girl, what did Louise's mother start talking to her about when Louise was eight years old?
(a) Her career.
(b) Attending college.
(c) Attending high school.
(d) Watching her weight.

2. What color was the vintage Thunderbird?
(a) Green.
(b) White.
(c) Gold.
(d) Red.

3. In Cathedral, who is Robert?
(a) The wife's brother.
(b) The wife's uncle.
(c) The wife's grandfather.
(d) The wife's blind friend.

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

5. What did Louise sneak out of the kitchen when she was a young child?
(a) Her mother's diet pills.
(b) Peanut butter sandwiches.
(c) Homemade chocolate chip cookies.
(d) Diet cola.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where are the narrator and his passengers going in the story Rock Springs?

3. In the story Rock Springs, what animal does Edna win in a bet?

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

5. In what condition does Varig arrive at Tusend Hjem on the night of the meeting?

(see the answer key)

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