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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. Who is Josephine's serious suitor in Memphis?
(a) Alex Dawson.
(b) Joel Manning.
(c) Samuel Delta.
(d) Clarkson Manning.

2. What does Phillip ask his mother to give him from her dressing table?
(a) A gold ring.
(b) A pearl necklace.
(c) A gold pendant in the shape of a four leaf clover.
(d) A pair of diamond earrings.

3. To whom is Josephine's suitor related?
(a) Wyant Brawley.
(b) Alex Mercer.
(c) Lewis Shackleford.
(d) Franklin Roosevelt.

4. What people are responsible for helping Phillip leave Memphis to move to New York?
(a) Alex and his wife.
(b) Holly Kaplan and Alex Mercer.
(c) Lewis Shackleford and his wife.
(d) Betsy and Josephine.

5. Phillip believes Alex cannot see that underneath Betsy and Josephine's stated love for their father lies what other emotion?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Gratitude.
(c) Hatred.
(d) Respect.

Short Answer Questions

1. Georgie is often mistaken for a native of what city?

2. How does Georgie explain to his father that he is leaving for military duty?

3. What is George Carver wearing on the first day he and Alex meet?

4. What does Mr. Carver represent to Alex?

5. What is the name of the area in which Betsy and Josephine live?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Phillip tells of the end of Betsy and Wyant's relationship. What incident causes the beginning of the end of the relationship? How does Betsy react to her father? How does Wyant react? What is father's objection and how does he present this to Betsy?

2. In Chapter 5, Phillip leaves his father's home and moves to New York City. How does he manage this? Why does he choose New York? How does his family react?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. In Chapter 2, Phillip gives a detailed account of the traveling party on their way from Nashville to Memphis. Who went to Memphis that day? How many cars were in the caravan? Who did Betsy drive with to Memphis and why? What people outside of the immediate family moved to Memphis? Why did Father arrange for everyone in the caravan to move together?

6. When Phillip describes Memphis in Chapter 2, he paints detailed pictures of the city of his adolescence and the one he encounters during his adult visits home. He also compares Memphis to Nashville. How has the city of Memphis changed in Phillip's opinion? How do the two cities still differ?

7. In Chapter 5, Phillip tells the story of the pendant. What is the significance of four leaf clovers in the love affair between Clara and Phillip?

8. As Chapter 1 opens, Phillip is alone in the apartment he shares with Holly Kaplan. Why is this the case? What are the things Phillip thinks about while deciding whether to go to Memphis?

9. In Chapter 3, Phillip paints a picture of his parents and his two sisters living in Memphis and their conversations about dating and the men they are both seeing. How does this appear to him when he is home visiting? How do Betsy and Josephine behave in front of their parents? What is the topic of conversation much of the time Phillip is visiting? How do the elderly Mr. and Mrs. Carver respond to their middle-aged daughters' banter?

10. In Chapter 4, thirteen year-old Phillip introduces us to his first serious girl friend. Who is the young girl he falls in love with and how does he describe her? What develops in their relationship, and how does it end?

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