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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 is the young girl carrying with her on the first day?
(a) A cot, a blanket, and a notebook.
(b) A purse, a lunchbox, and a brush.
(c) A pencil, a pencil sharpener, and a small composition notebook.
(d) A lunchbox, a jacket, and a notebook.

2. Where are the narrator and his passengers going in the story Rock Springs?
(a) To Connecticut.
(b) To Oregon.
(c) To Florida.
(d) To Louisiana.

3. What do Nick and Karen do on Sundays?
(a) They drove to the country.
(b) They jogged or worked out in a gym.
(c) They jogged or practiced basketball.
(d) They slept late and read the paper all afternoon.

4. In River of Names, what is the narrator certain she does not want to do?
(a) Go back to college.
(b) Get married.
(c) Tell stories.
(d) Have children.

5. In the story Testimony of Pilot, what does Radcleve do to Quadberry?
(a) Throws a rock in his face.
(b) Beats him up.
(c) Trips him goign down the stairs.
(d) Throws a lit firecracker in his face.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who are Louise's two girl friends in high school?

3. In River of Names, what does the narrator's lover accuse her of?

4. Why is the couple in A Romantic Weekend going away for the weekend?

5. What instrument does Quadberry in Testimony of Pilot play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Where does Magic find the white horse, in what condition is the horse, and who does he call for help?

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

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

7. How does the narrator of Testimony of Pilot lose his hearing?

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

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

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

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