Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra

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Translated by Megan McDowell
Hardback, 112 pages
Publisher: Granta (October 2016)
ISBN: 9780143109198
Languages: English, Spanish
Selected by Barbara Epler

“First quiz: A) Fiction, B) Nonfiction, C) Poetry, D) All of the above, E) None of the above. Though the smart money is on D, I kind of like E – and yes, your guess is as good as mine. Zambra’s list maybe could have stretched to another option: F) Zen kōan. How disconcerting to enjoy standardised tests – what could seem less amusing?” —Barbara Epler 

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II. Sentence order
In exercises 25 through 36, mark the answer that puts the sentences in the best possible order to form a coherent text.

25. Nineteen eighty-something 
1. Your father argued with your mother.
2. Your mother argued with your brother.
3. Your brother argued with your father.
4. It was almost always cold.
5. That is all you remember.

A) 2 – 3 –1 – 4 – 5
B) 3 – 1 – 2 – 4 – 5
C) 4 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5
D) 4 – 5 –1 – 2 – 3
E) 5 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4

26. The second
1. You try to remember your first Communion.
2. You try to remember your first masturbation.
3. You try to remember the first time you had sex.
4. You try to remember the first death in your life.
5. And the second.

A) 1 – 5 – 2 – 3 – 4
B) 1 – 2 – 5 – 3 – 4
C) 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 4
D) 4 – 5 – 1 – 2 – 3
E) 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 –  5

27. A child
1. You dream that you lose a child.
2. You wake up.
3. You cry.
4. You lose a child.
5. You cry.

A) 1 – 2 – 4 – 3 – 5
B) 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 4
C) 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 1
D) 3 – 4 – 5 – 1 – 2
E) 4 – 5 – 3 – 1 – 2