The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does the protagonist in Tall Tales from the Mekong Deltareact when Lenny shows up at her house unannounced?
(a) She is curious.
(b) She is thrilled.
(c) She is nervous.
(d) She is angry.

4. Who becomes deaf playing drums in a band in the story Testimony of Pilot?
(a) The narrator's younger brother.
(b) The narrator of the story.
(c) Lillian's brother.
(d) Radcleve.

5. What color was the vintage Thunderbird?
(a) White.
(b) Green.
(c) Red.
(d) Gold.

6. In the story Emergency, how long has the narrator been working in the emergency room when his story begins?
(a) About three weeks.
(b) About six months.
(c) About a year.
(d) About three months.

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

8. How old is the new county school teacher in Wickedness?
(a) Eighteen.
(b) Thirty nine.
(c) Twenty five.
(d) Sixteen.

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

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

11. In All the Way in Flagstaff, what does William want to do when he grows up?
(a) Become a priest.
(b) Become a firefighter.
(c) Become a doctor.
(d) Become a teacher.

12. In the story Wickedness, where does Ainslie Classen find shelter in the blizzard?
(a) With the cows in the barn.
(b) With his family in the storn cellar.
(c) In his home.
(d) With the pigs in the slops trough.

13. Who is Dzia-Dzia?
(a) Michael's sister.
(b) Michael's grandfather.
(c) Michael's mother.
(d) Michael's uncle.

14. What does Ad Magic have in his mouth when the bus crashes?
(a) A horsehound lozenge.
(b) A lollypop.
(c) A cigar.
(d) Gum.

15. In Testimony of Pilot, who is Lillian?
(a) Radcleve's sister.
(b) The narrator's mother.
(c) A girl the narrator of the story has a crush on in college.
(d) Quadberry's girlfriend.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Minor Heroism, who is posing in the famous picture with the narrator's father?

2. What happens to Quadberry in the VIetnam war?

3. What did Michael remember hearing as a child from the open window in his room?

4. Where does Hattie Benedict and the two children find shelter during the blizzard?

5. What does Georgie hit when he is driving around with the narrator after their shifts?

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