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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the young girl carrying with her on the first day?
(a) A purse, a lunchbox, and a brush.
(b) A lunchbox, a jacket, and a notebook.
(c) A cot, a blanket, and a notebook.
(d) A pencil, a pencil sharpener, and a small composition notebook.

2. In The Fat Girl, what did Louise's mother start talking to her about when Louise was eight years old?
(a) Her career.
(b) Watching her weight.
(c) Attending high school.
(d) Attending college.

3. In The Darling, what is Dolores Starr's unusual occupation?
(a) She is a zoo keeper.
(b) She is a murderer.
(c) She is a detective.
(d) She is a sky diver.

4. Where does Hattie Benedict and the two children find shelter during the blizzard?
(a) In a wooden house.
(b) In a pig sty.
(c) In an automobile.
(d) In a haystack.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Michael working on when he sits at the kitchen table in the evenings?

2. When did Emily first meet Willi Varig?

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

4. How old is the new county school teacher in Wickedness?

5. Who is Louise's close friend in college?

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