The Ultimate
Hillbilly Elegy
Book Quiz

Question 1 of 13

Vance states that his reason in writing this memoir is:

  • to help the reader understand the impact of poverty
  • to promote his political career
  • to condemn his family members
  • to show his own talents and successes

Question 2 of 13

Vance explains that the majority of hillbillies have ancestors that came from:

  • Scotland and Ireland
  • Spain and Portugal
  • Germany and Switzerland
  • Scandinavia

Question 3 of 13

Though having grown up in Middletown, Ohio Vance describes his true home as:

  • Jackson, Kentucky
  • Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Memphis, Tennessee

Question 4 of 13

What was the name of the company Papaw worked for?

  • Armco Steel
  • Geneva Steel
  • Schuff Steel
  • Ferro Steel

Question 5 of 13

Which is not a true detail about the story of when Papaw caught on fire?

  • Papaw ran and jumped in the bathtub to put out the flames
  • Aunt Wee doused the fire with water
  • Mamaw poured the gasoline on Papaw
  • Papaw came home drunk and was asleep on the couch

Question 6 of 13

Which of these people is not one of Papaw and Mamaw's children?

  • Bob
  • Jimmy
  • Lori
  • Bev

Question 7 of 13

Vance joined which branch of the military after high school?

  • Marines
  • Coast Guard
  • Army
  • Navy

Question 8 of 13

Where did Vance earn his law degree?

  • Yale
  • Harvard
  • Columbia
  • Stanford

Question 9 of 13

By the time Vance graduated from law school, how many times had Bev been married?

  • Five
  • Three
  • Four
  • Six

Question 10 of 13

According to Vance, which of the following is NOT a way young people can find upward mobility?

  • Government assistance
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Hard Work

Question 11 of 13

Why did Bev tell Lindsay and JD they couldn't be as sad about Papaw's death?

  • Because Papaw had been Bev's father, not theirs
  • Because Bev blamed them for his death
  • Because Papaw's death had been peaceful
  • Because she didn't want Mamaw to see them sad

Question 12 of 13

Which is NOT a true statement about Bev?

  • She gave birth to JD right after high school
  • She was salutatorian of her graduating class
  • She was a nurse
  • She was in and out of drug rehab for most of JD's childhood

Question 13 of 13

Where did Vance meet his wife Usha?

  • At Yale Law School
  • In high school
  • At Ohio State University
  • In Jackson, Kentucky

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