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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 Ad Magic have in his mouth when the bus crashes?
(a) A cigar.
(b) A lollypop.
(c) A horsehound lozenge.
(d) Gum.

2. In the story Girl, on what day does the speaker tell the girl to wash clothes?
(a) Wednesday.
(b) Monday.
(c) Thursday.
(d) Saturday.

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

4. What is Georgie's job at the hospital?
(a) He is an orderly.
(b) He is a practical nurse.
(c) He is a janitor.
(d) He is a doctor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta, where is the protagonist going when she first meets Lenny?

2. In the story Girl, why does the speaker say not to pick other people's flowers?

3. Where does the narrator, Cheryl and Edna spend the night when their car breaks down?

4. When did Emily first meet Willi Varig?

5. What color was the vintage Thunderbird?

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

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

4. In Testimony of Pilot, how does Quadberry get the scar over his right eye?

5. In The Fat Girl, what is the secret that follows Louise from high school to college?

6. Who is the narrator of Lawns, and what is her crime?

7. Where is the priest going at the end of Departures, and where has he been? How is he traveling?

8. What are some of the things the speaker in Girl encourages the young girl to learn how to do in the home?

9. What does G.R. ask Cody after he hears Cody's story of his near accident off the mountain that day?

10. How does Connie's mother treat her?

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