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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. With whom does Delores finally have a child?
(a) Dr. Dorin.
(b) Michael.
(c) Dr. Weinstein.
(d) Mr. Sebastian.

2. In the story A Romantic Weekend, where is the couple in the story going for the weekend?
(a) New York.
(b) Los Angeles.
(c) Miami.
(d) Washington, D.C.

3. What did Michael remember hearing as a child from the open window in his room?
(a) The discussions in the Kubiac's apartment.
(b) The sound of the traffic on the street.
(c) The Kubiacs fighting.
(d) His parents singing.

4. In White Horse, who does the white horse belong to?
(a) He wandered into town without an owner.
(b) He belongs to the bus driver.
(c) He belongs to the restaurant owner.
(d) He is a retired circus horse.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What unusual injury befalls Terrence Weber in Emergency?

2. How old is the new county school teacher in Wickedness?

3. In the story The First Day, what time does the mother tell her daughter she will pick her up?

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

5. Who does Georgie pick up hitchhiking on the side of the road?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Ad Magic in the beginning of A White Horse, and how do the people he is with react to his situation?

3. Who are the main characters in River of Names, and how are they different from each other?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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