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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Hattie Benedict move after the blizzard?
(a) Sarasota, Florida.
(b) Seattle, Washington
(c) Raleigh, North Carolina.
(d) Oakland, California.

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) Attending high school.
(c) Watching her weight.
(d) Attending college.

3. What two children are left at the school house with the teacher during the blizzard?
(a) John and Annie Lendorff.
(b) Johan and Alma Lindquist.
(c) Jacob and Annie Smithson.
(d) Jason and Alice Meyer.

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

5. In the story Rock Springs, what animal does Edna win in a bet?
(a) A kitten.
(b) A spider monkey.
(c) A goat.
(d) A tarantula.

6. What is Walter's problem?
(a) He is losing his memory.
(b) He is having an affair.
(c) He is dying of cancer.
(d) He is an alcoholic.

7. In River of Names, who is the narrator's lover?
(a) Jesse.
(b) Thom.
(c) Bill.
(d) Marie.

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

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

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

11. What show does Robert and his hosts end up watching on television?
(a) A show about automobiles.
(b) A show about dog training.
(c) A show about cathedrals.
(d) A show about boating.

12. In Rock Springs, what is the narrator's daughter's name?
(a) Cheryl.
(b) Susan.
(c) Edna.
(d) Lacy.

13. In Testimony of Pilot, how does Lillian die?
(a) She contracts cancer and dies within a year.
(b) A bomb explodes in a plane on which she is a stewardess.
(c) She is murdered in her apartment.
(d) She dies in a car crash.

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

15. In the story Testimony of Pilot, what does Radcleve do to Quadberry?
(a) Throws a lit firecracker in his face.
(b) Beats him up.
(c) Throws a rock in his face.
(d) Trips him goign down the stairs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the young girl carrying with her on the first day?

2. In Minor Heroism, what happens between father and son one New Year's Eve that shocks the father?

3. What color was the vintage Thunderbird?

4. In Minor Heroism, where in the house does Bryan sit and draw his pictures?

5. When does the story Wickedness take place?

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