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

2. Where does Hattie Benedict and the two children find shelter during the blizzard?
(a) In a pig sty.
(b) In a haystack.
(c) In a wooden house.
(d) In an automobile.

3. Where did Mrs. Kubiac go to try and find her daughter?
(a) Portland.
(b) Chicago.
(c) New York.
(d) Los Angeles.

4. In River of Names, what does the narrator's lover accuse her of?
(a) Being unfaithful.
(b) An interest in other families.
(c) A fascination with violence.
(d) A poor attitude toward marriage.

5. What do Michael and Delores first find they have in common?
(a) They both loved Italian food.
(b) They both have cats.
(c) They both own guns.
(d) They both were married twice before.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Cathedral, who is Robert?

2. What does Lenny in Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta give the protagonist before he leaves?

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

4. In Testimony of Pilot, who is Lillian?

5. In Minor Heroism, what happens between father and son one New Year's Eve that shocks the father?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story Minor Heroism, who is Bryan, and what about him bothers his father?

2. In the story Cathedral, who is Robert and how does he enter the story?

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

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

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

6. In the story A Romantic Weekend, where are Beth and her companion going for their romantic weekend, and how does the narrator describe the apartment?

7. In the story Rock Springs, how do Edna, Cheryl and the narrator end up in Rock Springs?

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

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

10. 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?

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