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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 the father in the story Minor Heroism do for a living?
(a) He is a used car dealer.
(b) He is an attorney.
(c) He is an insurance salesman.
(d) He is a desk sergeant.

2. What do Robert and the husband end up doing at the end of the television show?
(a) Calling out for a pizza.
(b) Going to sleep.
(c) Eating blueberry pie.
(d) Drawing a picture together.

3. What does the mother in The First Day ask for help in doing?
(a) Locating the bathrooms.
(b) Filling out registration forms.
(c) Finding the bookstore.
(d) Locating the lunchroom.

4. In the story White Horse, who arrives in the light green Mercedes to help the horse?
(a) A businessman.
(b) No one.
(c) A vet.
(d) A doctor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Michael and Delores first find they have in common?

2. To whom was Robert married?

3. How does the protagonist in Tall Tales from the Mekong Deltareact when Lenny shows up at her house unannounced?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story Chopin in Winter, what do Michael and Dzia-Dzia talk about at night and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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