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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Georgie hit when he is driving around with the narrator after their shifts?
(a) A truck.
(b) A pregnant rabbit.
(c) A cow.
(d) A deer.

2. When did Emily first meet Willi Varig?
(a) Ten years after WWII.
(b) In hgih school.
(c) Two years after they were married.
(d) Twenty years before the birth of their child.

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

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where are the narrator and his passengers going in the story Rock Springs?

2. What is Michael working on when he sits at the kitchen table in the evenings?

3. What do Robert and the husband end up doing at the end of the television show?

4. In the story A Romantic Weekend, where does the couple go for dinner on their weekend?

5. In the story The Girl, why does the speaker suggest growing okra far away from the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. In A Romantic Weekend, how long do Beth and her companion stay in Washington,D.C. and how do they return home? Why did they actually make the trip?

2. Who is Petra in Ann Beattie's story "A Vintage Thunderbird"?

3. What picture do the narrator of Catherdraland Robert draw and why?

4. In the story The First Day, where are the mother and child going at the opening of the story? Why is this an important day?

5. In the story All the Way in Flagstaff, Arizona, what does Walter keep hidden in the wheel well of the spare tire in the car? Why?

6. In the story The Fat Girl,When Louise examines herself in a mirror, what parts of her body does she like? What parts does she hate?

7. What memory does Bryan relate in the third part of the story Minor Heroism?

8. What story does Edna tell the narrator of Rock Springs about her pet, a monkey?

9. In the story Wickedness, what happens in Nebraska on the twelfth of January, 1888? How does this affect the townspeople?

10. Why does Delores kill her husband Michael in Scott Bradfield's story "The Darling"?

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