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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 is Rodman's reason for his visit to Lyman?
(a) Rodman wants to borrow money
(b) Lyman's wife, Ellen, wants to see him
(c) Rodman is getting married again
(d) Rodman wants to live in Grass Valley with Lyman

2. Why does Lyman begin fictionalizing his grandparents' lives in a novel?
(a) Lyman has no experience in writing
(b) They are not famous enough for a non-fiction biography, and it will help him understand them better this way.
(c) Shelley suggested this form to him
(d) Lyman has long wanted to write a romance novel

3. There is trouble in Leadville with Oliver's claim. What has happened?
(a) He filed it incorrectly
(b) Frank has stolen it from him
(c) Another company has tried to jump his claim
(d) He has worked the wrong claim

4. What is Lyman's fear?
(a) That his son will place him into an institution and take away his freedom.
(b) That Ada will fall down the stairs while carrying him
(c) Ed will accidentally hurt himself
(d) Shelley will leave with Larry

5. What sad news does Augusta's first letter to Susan in New Almaden include?
(a) Augusta and Thomas are divorcing
(b) Thomas has passed away
(c) Augusta and Thomas's baby died of diptheria
(d) Thomas has lost his job

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Shelley Rasmussen?

2. Oliver is offered a mining job in another country - which one?

3. What is the difference between Leadville and New Almaden?

4. What is the purpose of Rodman's discussion with Lyman concerning Oliver's time at Deadwood?

5. Why is Al Sutton important to this story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Oliver unsuccessful in his attempts to market his invention?

2. How does Susan present her New Almaden life to Augusta in their correspondence?

3. What is Susan's attitude about her one-room shack in Leadville?

4. Explain how Susan and Oliver reach a certain angle of repose while living in New Almaden?

5. What does Lyman hope to accomplish during the writing about his grandparents' lives?

6. How are the scenes in this chapter different from all the ones before and after as far as the marriage between Oliver and Susan?

7. What is Susan's state of mind in this chapter?

8. In what ways in this chapter does the author remind the reader of Susan's issues?

9. When Augusta disapproves of Oliver, what characteristics in Susan are brought to light?

10. Why is Lyman resistant to Shelley's writing suggestions?

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