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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. Where is Clara sent away by her father?
(a) South America.
(b) Switzerland.
(c) Mexico.
(d) France.

2. Who does Mr. Carver talk to concerning his plans to interfere with Phillip's marriage?
(a) Alex Mercer.
(b) Betsy Carver
(c) Victor Manning.
(d) Lewis Shackleford.

3. What city is described as a "land oriented" city?
(a) Chattanooga.
(b) Nashville.
(c) Knoxville.
(d) Memphis.

4. Within a few weeks of meeting Clara, where does Phillip begin spending his Saturday nights?
(a) At used book stores.
(b) At the library.
(c) At Clara's parents' house.
(d) At restaurants.

5. In what year does the relationship between Clara and Phillip end?
(a) 1949.
(b) 1941.
(c) 1950.
(d) 1935.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Phillip trust with his despair after the end of his relationship with Clara?

2. What is Mr. Carver wearing when he arrives at Alex Mercer's home the first time?

3. What mistake does Mr. Carver make one night while not wearing his glasses at the Red Lantern?

4. What is the name of the street on which the family first lives in Memphis?

5. Why do Betsy and Wyant stay behind in Huntington?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Chapter Six opens, Phillip describes the way his sisters are treating their father. How are the sisters behaving now that Father is dating?

2. In Chapter 5, Phillip reminisces on his failed engagement. What happens between Phillip and Clara Price? Compare his experience with that of his sisters.

3. In Chapter 4, Alex also meets Mr. Carver. Where do the two meet, and what brings them together? How does their relationship grow during the course of the chapter?

4. Phillip paints a descriptive picture of his two sisters, Betsy and Josephine, in Chapter 1. How are the two sisters similar? How do they differ?

5. Alex witnesses Betsy and Josephine relating stories about Mr. Carver in Chapter 6. How does Phillip describe Alex's reaction to the sisters' behavior in public?

6. During a conversation with his mother in Chapter 2, Phillip begins to explain how the move to Memphis has ruined his life. His mother laughs at him. How does this affect Phillip and why? How does he compare his mother before and after Memphis?

7. Phillip is in New York in Chapter 3 and receiving letters from Alex, Betsy and Josephine about Mr. Carver. How does Phillip react to his father's dating? How does he respond to his sisters' treatment of Mr. Carver both in public and private? Why does he take the position he does? How does he respond to Alex's concerns?

8. At the end of Chapter 1, Phillip gives a detailed explanation of how the family's move to Memphis affected every member of the family. Who appears to have handled the transition the best? For whom was it the hardest? Discuss the impact on each of the four children and Mr. and Mrs. Carver.

9. In Chapter 5, Phillip's narrative presents many examples of Alex's ability to befriend both Mr Carver and Phillip Carver. What are the examples Phillip gives?

10. In Chapter 1, Phillip begins to explain the story of his family and their move from Nashville in 1931. What does he think is important for the reader to know in order for the story to make sense? Where does he begin the story? What does he tell us about the people whose conflict made the family's move necessary?

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