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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Rock Springs by Richard Ford.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do Michael and Delores first find they have in common?
(a) They both have cats.
(b) They both loved Italian food.
(c) They both own guns.
(d) They both were married twice before.

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

3. In Talk of Heroes, Who is Willi Varig?
(a) A Vietnam veteran.
(b) The director of the church.
(c) A famous Norwegian war hero.
(d) Emily's husband.

4. What is Walter's problem?
(a) He is an alcoholic.
(b) He is dying of cancer.
(c) He is losing his memory.
(d) He is having an affair.

5. In River of Names, who is the narrator's lover?
(a) Bill.
(b) Thom.
(c) Marie.
(d) Jesse.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does the protagonist in Tall Tales from the Mekong Deltareact when Lenny shows up at her house unannounced?

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

5. In River of Names, what is the narrator certain she does not want to do?

(see the answer key)

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