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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Wickedness by Ron Hansen.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Testimony of Pilot, how does Lillian die?
(a) She contracts cancer and dies within a year.
(b) She is murdered in her apartment.
(c) A bomb explodes in a plane on which she is a stewardess.
(d) She dies in a car crash.

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

3. What does Louise have hidden in the back of her closet behind her stuffed animals?
(a) Candy.
(b) Colas.
(c) Books on dieting.
(d) Pictures of thin women.

4. In Testimony of Pilot, who is Lillian?
(a) Quadberry's girlfriend.
(b) The narrator's mother.
(c) Radcleve's sister.
(d) A girl the narrator of the story has a crush on in college.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why is the couple in A Romantic Weekend going away for the weekend?

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

5. In Minor Heroism, who is posing in the famous picture with the narrator's father?

(see the answer key)

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