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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Vonnegut describe Merriam Webster's definitions?

2. What does Newt do because he loves Catharine?

3. How does Billy the Poet disguise himself from Nancy?

4. In "Miss Temptation," what does Susanna tell Fuller he needs in order to find a girl?

5. What did fishermen in Barnstable discover?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Harrison Bergeron escapes from jail?

2. What were the government solutions to overpopulation in "Welcome to the Monkey House?"

3. What are the rules of the chess game in "All the King's Horses?"

4. How does Alma describe Foster's childhood to the investor in "The Foster Portfolio?"

5. What does Joe do the morning after he sneaks away?

6. How does Vonnegut seem to contradict himself in "New Dictionary?"

7. In "Adam," why is Heinz disappointed when he goes home after his wife gave birth?

8. In "Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog," how does the stranger react to Harold's life story?

9. Why does the salesman go home in "Where I Live?"

10. Why is the salesman looking for the library trustees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vonnegut writes several stories that focus on life in the future. Choose three stories about the future and compare and contrast them. Consider what advancements are made, how people live their lives, major themes, and Vonnegut's warnings for the future.

Essay Topic 2

How are international relations represented in Vonnegut's stories? Write about how different countries clash, work together, and affect each other in this collection of stories. How does the use of international relationships develop these stories? What message is delivered about these relationships?

Essay Topic 3

Vonnegut was associated with socialist causes. Research socialism and explain how this political belief is reflected in this collection of stories. Look for socialist values reflected in characters and plot lines.

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