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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who is telling the story of the first day?
(a) The narrator looking back on the first day of kindergarten.
(b) The teacher taking in a new student to her classroom.
(c) The mother looking back on taking her child to school.
(d) The narrator looking back on the first day of summer camp.

3. What does the father in the story Minor Heroism do for a living?
(a) He is a used car dealer.
(b) He is an insurance salesman.
(c) He is an attorney.
(d) He is a desk sergeant.

4. What kind of car does the narrator of Rock Springs steal?
(a) A white Corvette.
(b) A cranberry Mercedes.
(c) A grey Continental.
(d) A black Cadillac.

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

6. What did Michael remember hearing as a child from the open window in his room?
(a) The discussions in the Kubiac's apartment.
(b) The sound of the traffic on the street.
(c) His parents singing.
(d) The Kubiacs fighting.

7. What does the mother in The First Day ask for help in doing?
(a) Finding the bookstore.
(b) Locating the lunchroom.
(c) Locating the bathrooms.
(d) Filling out registration forms.

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

9. 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.

10. Where did Mrs. Kubiac go to try and find her daughter?
(a) Portland.
(b) New York.
(c) Los Angeles.
(d) Chicago.

11. What instructions does the speaker give in The Girl about eating?
(a) Eat so that no one around you is disgusted.
(b) Eat quickly so as to resume your duties.
(c) Eat so that you get the most food.
(d) Eat alone so as to have some quiet time.

12. In the story A Romantic Weekend, where is the couple in the story going for the weekend?
(a) Los Angeles.
(b) Washington, D.C.
(c) New York.
(d) Miami.

13. What kind of epilepsy does Ad Magic have?
(a) Congenital epilepsy.
(b) Mild epilepsy.
(c) Grand mal epilepsy.
(d) Temporal-lobe epilepsy.

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

15. As A Vintage Thunderbird opens, who are the people driving from Virginia to New York?
(a) Mick and Susan.
(b) Nick and Lauren.
(c) Nick and Karen.
(d) Mick and Karen.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Testimony of Pilot, how does Lillian die?

2. In River of Names, who is the narrator's lover?

3. In A Romantic Weekend, what does the woman want to talk about after dinner?

4. In the story Girl, on what day does the speaker tell the girl to wash clothes?

5. What advise does the speaker in Girl give about bread?

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