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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 cow.
(c) A deer.
(d) A pregnant rabbit.

2. What show does Robert and his hosts end up watching on television?
(a) A show about automobiles.
(b) A show about cathedrals.
(c) A show about boating.
(d) A show about dog training.

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

4. Where do the couple stay for the weekend in A Romantic Weekend?
(a) At a B and B.
(b) In his grandmother's deserted apartment.
(c) At a friend of hers.
(d) In a Marriott Hotel.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Louise have hidden in the back of her closet behind her stuffed animals?

2. Where does Hattie Benedict move after the blizzard?

3. In the story Emergency, how long has the narrator been working in the emergency room when his story begins?

4. What does the older son in Minor Heroism do for a living?

5. In The First Day, what does the mother say when she finds her daughter cannot attend Seaton?

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

3. In Carol Bly's story "Talk of Heroes," who is Willi Varig?

4. In the story Emergency, who is Terrence Weber? What unusual thing has happened to him?

5. 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?

6. Who is Hattie Benedict in Wickedness, and how does she survive the blizzard?

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

8. Who does the mother in the story The First Day ask the woman at Walker Jones School and why?

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

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

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