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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The First Day by Edward P. Jones.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do Nick and Karen do on Sundays?
(a) They jogged or practiced basketball.
(b) They slept late and read the paper all afternoon.
(c) They drove to the country.
(d) They jogged or worked out in a gym.

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

3. What is Michael working on when he sits at the kitchen table in the evenings?
(a) His penmanship.
(b) His science.
(c) His math.
(d) His art.

4. Who does Georgie pick up hitchhiking on the side of the road?
(a) A young woman who has been shot.
(b) A young man running from the police.
(c) A young woman escaping a horrible husband.
(d) A young man AWOL from the army trying to get to Canada.

5. What is Georgie's job at the hospital?
(a) He is an orderly.
(b) He is a doctor.
(c) He is a practical nurse.
(d) He is a janitor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Quadberry in the VIetnam war?

2. In the story The First Day, what time does the mother tell her daughter she will pick her up?

3. In the story Emergency, how long has the narrator been working in the emergency room when his story begins?

4. What does Lenny in Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta give the protagonist before he leaves?

5. What does the couple decide to do after their first night together on their romantic weekend?

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