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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens to Quadberry in the VIetnam war?
(a) He is injured in a car crash.
(b) He is injured flying a combat jet.
(c) He is injured in a tank explosion.
(d) He is injured by a bomb.

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

3. In Minor Heroism, what happens between father and son one New Year's Eve that shocks the father?
(a) His son knocked him to the ground.
(b) In anger the father hit his son.
(c) His son told him he was getting married.
(d) In frsutration the father called his son names.

4. Why is the couple in A Romantic Weekend going away for the weekend?
(a) To ride bikes.
(b) To go to museums.
(c) To pick up the man's wife's car.
(d) To mountain climb.

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

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

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

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

9. When does the story Wickedness take place?
(a) In the late eighteenth century.
(b) In the early twentieth century.
(c) In the late nineteenth century.
(d) In the mid twentieth century.

10. What unusual injury befalls Terrence Weber in Emergency?
(a) His wife stabs him in the leg.
(b) His wife stabs him in the stomach.
(c) His wife stabs him in the heart.
(d) His wife stabs him in the eye.

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

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

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom was Robert married?

2. What Neil Young song does Georgie sing as he preps Mr. Weber?

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

4. What kind of epilepsy does Ad Magic have?

5. Who does Louise marry when she is thin?

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