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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 Ellen say she will gain through the divorce?
(a) Her freedom
(b) An estate
(c) Her jewels
(d) An art collection

2. What is the general consensus about Countess Olenska?
(a) She is an undesirable person
(b) She is a valuable fundraiser
(c) She is a welcome change of pace
(d) She is extremely beautiful

3. Who has been asked to handle the divorce case?
(a) Mr. Welland
(b) Newland Archer
(c) Mr. van der Luyden
(d) Julius Beaufort

4. What is Newland's objection to handling the divorce?
(a) He does not handle divorce cases
(b) He has a conflict of interest
(c) He is practically family
(d) His case load is too heavy

5. Who do Newland and May visit first on their betrothal visits?
(a) Mrs. Archer
(b) Countess Olenska
(c) Mrs. Welland
(d) Mrs. Mingott

Short Answer Questions

1. On what issue does Newland press May?

2. For what reason does Newland approve of the divorce?

3. What surprises Newland when he arrives at Ellen's the next evening?

4. Who dines at the Archer household the night after the ball?

5. What type of flowers does Newland send to Ellen that night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reason for the Wellands' annual trip to Florida?

2. Explain Newland and May's betrothal visits.

3. How does Newland's sudden change of plans betray his feelings for Ellen?

4. On what issue does Newland ask May to violate social norms?

5. Why does Newland visit Mrs. Mingott when he returns to New York?

6. How does Newland perceive his role as May's future husband?

7. What does Ellen decide about her divorce after discussing it with Newland?

8. What legal case is Newland asked to handle in which he feels a conflict of interest?

9. How does Newland maintain a flirtation with Ellen?

10. What is the setting for the story and the first chapter in particular?

(see the answer keys)

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