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 kind of car does the narrator of Rock Springs steal?
(a) A black Cadillac.
(b) A cranberry Mercedes.
(c) A white Corvette.
(d) A grey Continental.

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

3. What does the older son in Minor Heroism do for a living?
(a) He is a school teacher.
(b) He is a writer.
(c) He is a college professor.
(d) He is an attorney.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Louise's close friend in college?

3. In Cathedral, who is Robert?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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