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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What advise does the speaker in Girl give about bread?
(a) Always buy white bread.
(b) Always squeeze it so you know it is fresh.
(c) Always buy warm bread.
(d) Always buy the largest loaf.

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

3. Where are the narrator and his passengers going in the story Rock Springs?
(a) To Connecticut.
(b) To Louisiana.
(c) To Oregon.
(d) To Florida.

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

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

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

7. Who is Little Duke?
(a) A stray cat.
(b) The narrator's daughter's dog.
(c) The name of the restaurant.
(d) Edna's uncle.

8. In the story A Romantic Weekend, where does the couple go for dinner on their weekend?
(a) Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
(b) Delmonico's.
(c) Roy Rogers Cafeteria.
(d) Galatoire's.

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

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

11. What Neil Young song does Georgie sing as he preps Mr. Weber?
(a) Sail Away.
(b) Cowgirl in the Sand.
(c) Cinnamon Girl.
(d) Southern Man.

12. Who is Louise's close friend in college?
(a) Patrice.
(b) Jessica.
(c) Susan.
(d) Carrie.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What instructions does the speaker give in The Girl about eating?

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

4. What do Nick and Karen do on Sundays?

5. Who is Dzia-Dzia?

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