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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 does Rita first visit Swede in the book?
(a) His home.
(b) At his glove factory.
(c) A store.
(d) A diner.

2. What is the profession of the man who was killed in a bomb Merry set off in her hometown?
(a) A doctor.
(b) A teacher.
(c) A nurse.
(d) A writer.

3. What kind of cancer did Nathan suffer from?
(a) Liver.
(b) Brain.
(c) Prostate.
(d) Lung.

4. What celebrity does Merry become obsessed with as a child?
(a) Audrey Hepburn.
(b) Marilyn Monroe.
(c) Eva Gabor.
(d) Greta Garbo.

5. How does the narrator say Dawn feels toward Merry?
(a) She loves her.
(b) She pities her.
(c) She misses her.
(d) She hates her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does one of Merry's doctors suggest it is easier for her to do than to face the high pressure of perfection?

2. What kind of world does the narrator note that Swede has naturally incorporated himself into?

3. What does Jerry say Swede lacked and is what killed him when talking with Nathan at the class reunion?

4. How tall is Merry?

5. How old is Nathan as he prepares a speech for his high school reunion in the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of Lou's discussion regarding the downfall of Newark in Chapter 8?

2. How does Swede describe Barry Umanoff and Marcia Schwartz's marriage?

3. What does Swede realize regarding Merry's mental health in Chapter 5?

4. What does Jessie do to Lou at the end of the book?

5. Describe Nathan's interaction with his old girlfriend Joy at his class reunion.

6. How does the narrator describe Swede and Merry at a seaside cottage and their return from it?

7. How is Rita's first visit to the glove factory described?

8. What does Swede remember about when Merry watched monks on TV?

9. How does the narrator say Swede's grandfather became a glove manufacturer?

10. What is the nature of Swede's phone call with Rita at the beginning of Chapter 9?

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