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) Watching her weight.
(b) Attending college.
(c) Her career.
(d) Attending high school.

2. What do Robert and the husband end up doing at the end of the television show?
(a) Drawing a picture together.
(b) Going to sleep.
(c) Calling out for a pizza.
(d) Eating blueberry pie.

3. What show does Robert and his hosts end up watching on television?
(a) A show about cathedrals.
(b) A show about automobiles.
(c) A show about dog training.
(d) A show about boating.

4. What does Robert call the husband?
(a) Mac.
(b) Bud.
(c) Yo.
(d) Bub.

5. Who is Louise's close friend in college?
(a) Carrie.
(b) Patrice.
(c) Susan.
(d) Jessica.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rock Springs, what is the narrator's daughter's name?

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

3. What does the older son in Minor Heroism do for a living?

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

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

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