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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 Testimony of Pilot, who is Lillian?
(a) Radcleve's sister.
(b) Quadberry's girlfriend.
(c) A girl the narrator of the story has a crush on in college.
(d) The narrator's mother.

2. In Talk of Heroes, Who is Willi Varig?
(a) A Vietnam veteran.
(b) Emily's husband.
(c) The director of the church.
(d) A famous Norwegian war hero.

3. In Rock Springs, what is the narrator's daughter's name?
(a) Lacy.
(b) Susan.
(c) Cheryl.
(d) Edna.

4. How does the protagonist in Tall Tales from the Mekong Deltareact when Lenny shows up at her house unannounced?
(a) She is curious.
(b) She is thrilled.
(c) She is angry.
(d) She is nervous.

5. In the story Girl, why does the speaker say not to pick other people's flowers?
(a) You might be seen.
(b) You might catch something.
(c) You might get in trouble with the police.
(d) You might get stung by a bee.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two children are left at the school house with the teacher during the blizzard?

2. In A Romantic Weekend, what does the woman want to talk about after dinner?

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

4. In Minor Heroism, where in the house does Bryan sit and draw his pictures?

5. What color was the vintage Thunderbird?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Hattie Benedict in Wickedness, and how does she survive the blizzard?

2. 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?

3. Who is the main character of Departures? How old is he when the story opens? Where is he going?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. In the short story Aunt Granny Lith, who is Aunt Granny Lith?

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

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

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