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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. What happens to cause Thunderclap to bolt?
(a) A dog barks at it.
(b) A horsefly gets under the saddle.
(c) A snake bites it.
(d) Miss Tendril's niece puts her bike in neutral and the bike backfires.

2. Who will be visiting with Brenda?
(a) John Beaver.
(b) Jock.
(c) No one.
(d) Polly and a new friend named Jenny Abdul Akbar.

3. What does Brenda say she is going to do to give her an excuse to be in London?
(a) Get a personal trainer.
(b) Help her mother who is ill.
(c) Take an economics class.
(d) Help her sister who just had twins.

4. Why does John initially decline Brenda's request that he escort her to a party?
(a) It will be boring.
(b) He is not invited.
(c) He is not of their social standing.
(d) It will be expensive.

5. What title does the Prince of Morocco hold?
(a) Prince.
(b) The Moulay.
(c) The Mousley.
(d) The Highest of Allah's minions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does John tell his mother as to why he won't see Brenda anymore?

2. Why does Tony feel guilty the next day?

3. Who is still "in the dark" about Brenda's affair?

4. What does Brenda do to finish the weekend?

5. When was Hetton Abbey rebuilt?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does John Andrew's behavior demonstrate that he is indeed being affected by the disruption of the household?

2. What are a couple of the reactions to Brenda seeing John Beaver?

3. Give a brief description of the Last family members.

4. What do you think about Jock's behavior towards his friend, Tony?

5. What two messages does Tony receive that are disappointing to Tony?

6. What does Brenda propose to Tony and why do you think he agrees?

7. What demonstrates Tony's inadvertent complicity in Brenda's new life and affair with another man?

8. What are several things revealed about Jenny Abdul Akbar?

9. What demonstrates that Tony is trying to regain emotional intimacy with Brenda?

10. Is it likely that John Beaver at this point is not really interested in pursuing something with Brenda Last?

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