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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. In All the Way in Flagstaff, what does William want to do when he grows up?
(a) Become a priest.
(b) Become a teacher.
(c) Become a firefighter.
(d) Become a doctor.

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

3. In A Romantic Weekend, what does the woman want to talk about after dinner?
(a) Her first marriage.
(b) Her family.
(c) Her favorite books.
(d) Sado-masochism.

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

5. What advise does the speaker in Girl give about bread?
(a) Always buy white bread.
(b) Always buy warm bread.
(c) Always buy the largest loaf.
(d) Always squeeze it so you know it is fresh.

Short Answer Questions

1. In White Horse, who does the white horse belong to?

2. In the story Emergency, how long has the narrator been working in the emergency room when his story begins?

3. Where did Mrs. Kubiac go to try and find her daughter?

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

5. What does the husband in Cathedral find disconcerting about Robert?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Where do the narrator of Emergency and his friend Georgie work and for how long? What do they do there?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. How does Dzia-Dzia describe Chopin's death?

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

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