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. In Minor Heroism, what happens between father and son one New Year's Eve that shocks the father?
(a) In anger the father hit his son.
(b) His son told him he was getting married.
(c) His son knocked him to the ground.
(d) In frsutration the father called his son names.

2. In what condition does Varig arrive at Tusend Hjem on the night of the meeting?
(a) He is alone and afraid.
(b) He is unable to speak English.
(c) He is drunk.
(d) He is exhausted.

3. What unusual injury befalls Terrence Weber in Emergency?
(a) His wife stabs him in the leg.
(b) His wife stabs him in the eye.
(c) His wife stabs him in the heart.
(d) His wife stabs him in the stomach.

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

5. In Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta, where is the protagonist going when she first meets Lenny?
(a) To the grocery.
(b) To her AA meeting.
(c) To the movies.
(d) To work.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the story Wickedness, where does Ainslie Classen find shelter in the blizzard?

3. In The First Day, what does the mother say when she finds her daughter cannot attend Seaton?

4. Whose music does Dzia-Dzia hear while he sits at the other end of the kitchen table from Michael?

5. Who is Little Duke?

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