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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Louise sneak out of the kitchen when she was a young child?
(a) Peanut butter sandwiches.
(b) Homemade chocolate chip cookies.
(c) Her mother's diet pills.
(d) Diet cola.

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

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

7. What does the older son in Minor Heroism do for a living?
(a) He is a school teacher.
(b) He is an attorney.
(c) He is a college professor.
(d) He is a writer.

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

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

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

11. In the story The First Day, what time does the mother tell her daughter she will pick her up?
(a) Three.
(b) Noon.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

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

13. To whom was Robert married?
(a) Beulah.
(b) Betty.
(c) Bernice.
(d) Sandra.

14. Where do Irene and the children move when they leave Flagstaff?
(a) Atlanta, Georgia.
(b) Nashville, Tennessee.
(c) Miami, Florida.
(d) New Orleans, Louisiana.

15. In the story Chopin in Winter, who is the first person in Mrs. Kubiac's family to graduate from high school and attend college?
(a) Her son Martin.
(b) Her daughter Marion.
(c) Her daughter Marcy.
(d) Her son Matthew.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the mother in The First Day ask for help in doing?

2. In what condition does Varig arrive at Tusend Hjem on the night of the meeting?

3. What does Robert call the husband?

4. What show does Robert and his hosts end up watching on television?

5. What kind of epilepsy does Ad Magic have?

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