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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 does Catherine do as she rides in the train on the way to her destination?
(a) She takes a nap.
(b) She stares at herself in a mirror.
(c) She embroiders a doily.
(d) She reads a book.

2. What is Catherine's state of mind as she waits for Ralph to get better?
(a) Content.
(b) Sad.
(c) Anxious.
(d) Bored.

3. What is Antonio doing in the city in #63?
(a) Modeling in an art studio.
(b) Teaching school.
(c) Playing piano in a whorehouse.
(d) Attending law school.

4. What name does Antonio go by in St. Louis?
(a) Tony Moretti.
(b) Tony Truitt.
(c) Adam Trask.
(d) Andy Trask.

5. How did Catherine learn how to make poison?
(a) She studied books.
(b) A former lover taught her.
(c) She studied pharmacology.
(d) Her father was a chemist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What bothers Catherine about her plan to get rid of Ralph now?

2. What had tormented Ralph for his entire life?

3. What is the hotel where Catherine stays in St. Louis?

4. When confronted by Catherine and the private detectives, what does Antonio say his name is?

5. Ralph is aware that his relationship with Catherine is beginning with __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the phrases, "It happens," or, "These things happen" which appear throughout the novel?

2. What image does Catherine see float down toward Alice and what does Catherine realize about her own life from this point on?

3. Describe the scenario where Catherine observes Antonio in the restaurant.

4. How does Catherine maintain a low profile in St. Louis even though she is excited by being in the city?

5. How is Ralph described by the emotions he wears on his face as well as his obsession with sex?

6. What do Malloy and Fisk report to Catherine regarding Antonio and to what do they reluctantly agree to do for Catherine?

7. Why is the author's description of the weather so critical to the book?

8. What do the secret garden, and gardens in general, symbolize in Catherine's life at this point?

9. What tragedy did Ralph suffer twenty years ago and why does he try to maintain his composure at the train station?

10. Describe how Catherine vacillates on poisoning Truitt and how she makes the decision to stop altogether.

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