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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 the purpose of Rodman's discussion with Lyman concerning Oliver's time at Deadwood?
(a) It allows the author to cover the time Oliver spent in Deadwood without the usual narration or correspondence plot devices.
(b) To show Rodman's interest in his father's book
(c) To test Lyman's mental faculties
(d) To remind the reader that Rodman and Lyman are related

2. What are Susan's hopes about Thomas Hudson?
(a) That he will move west
(b) That he will ask her to marry him, or at least stay single so she, Thomas, and Augusta will be an eternal threesome.
(c) That he will buy her family's home so she can move the entire family west
(d) That he will purchase a horse for her

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

4. What is a good description of the Ward home?
(a) Wide veranda, clean and comfortable house
(b) Tumble down shack
(c) A section of a boardinghouse
(d) House trailer

5. Where is Susan and Oliver's first home?
(a) Milton, NY
(b) Houston, TX
(c) New Almaden, California
(d) San Francisco, CA

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author use Shelley to expand the storyline?

2. How does Susan's career expand at this time?

3. Who is Frank Sargeant?

4. What is Lyman's fear?

5. Who is Mrs. Elliott?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Lyman wonder about his grandmother's sexual preferences?

2. How is the trip from Denver to Leadville symbolic of the Wards' marriage?

3. Is Susan a good caretaker?

4. Why is Lyman so uncomfortable around Shelley?

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

6. What characteristics are further brought out once Susan joins her husband in New Almaden?

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

8. Is life harmonious and happy for the Wards in Leadville?

9. Why doesn't Susan want Oliver to accept the job in Bolivia?

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

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