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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Daddy Garbage by John Edgar Wideman.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What question does G.R. ask Cody after hearing the story of what happened to Cody after his nap on the rocks?
(a) "Is it true that your whole life passes before your eyes?"
(b) "What were you doing up there with all the ice?"
(c) "Were you as frightened as you thought you would be?"
(d) "How did you get up there by yourself?"

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

3. What is Acid Rain?
(a) A rock band who rents one of Gunther's houses.
(b) A environmental awareness club.
(c) An actress who rents one of Gunther's houses.
(d) A group of college students who rent Gunther's apartment.

4. What does the speaker in Girl teach about spitting up in the air?
(a) Why not to do it.
(b) How to do it, and how to get out of the way.
(c) Why good girls do not do it.
(d) How to do it, and how to catch it.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Sparky Smith die?

2. Where do the narrator of Rules of the Game and her family live?

3. In River of Names, what does the narrator's lover accuse her of?

4. How old is the priest in Departures when he goes by train to his family's home after six years away?

5. When did Emily first meet Willi Varig?

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