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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Fat Girl by Andre Dubus.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. In River of Names, what does the narrator's lover accuse her of?
(a) A poor attitude toward marriage.
(b) An interest in other families.
(c) A fascination with violence.
(d) Being unfaithful.

3. In All the Way in Flagstaff, what does William want to do when he grows up?
(a) Become a priest.
(b) Become a doctor.
(c) Become a firefighter.
(d) Become a teacher.

4. What does Lenny in Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta give the protagonist before he leaves?
(a) A box of Swiss chocolates.
(b) A drink and a cigarette.
(c) A new car.
(d) A diamond bracelet.

5. Where do Irene and the children move when they leave Flagstaff?
(a) Miami, Florida.
(b) New Orleans, Louisiana.
(c) Nashville, Tennessee.
(d) Atlanta, Georgia.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Cathedral, who is Robert?

2. What do Michael and Delores first find they have in common?

3. What is Walter's problem?

4. What do Nick and Karen do on Sundays?

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

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