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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. How does the author use Shelley to expand the storyline?
(a) By reminding the reader of the difference between 1970's culture and society the way it was when Susan and Oliver were dating.
(b) By showing Shelley's thoughts about Lyman
(c) By creating a romance between Shelley & Lyman
(d) By having Shelley read parts of the book out loud to Lyman

2. What does Lyman consider to be the only intrusion to the routine of his days in Grass Valley?
(a) The highway noise
(b) Ada's nightly ministrations
(c) The ball games
(d) Shelley's arrival in the afternoons to work for him

3. What does Susan tell Mrs. Elliott that shocks the older woman?
(a) Susan and Oliver are Hindu
(b) Susan's income from writing and illustrating is the only money the Ward family has at the moment
(c) Susan is going to buy the boardinghouse
(d) Susan is in love with another man

4. What is the name of the big black dog that Oliver has for Susan's protection?
(a) Fido
(b) Bruce
(c) Willlie
(d) Stranger

5. Who is Ferd Ward?
(a) Oliver's father
(b) Oliver's sister
(c) Oliver's grandfather
(d) Distant cousin to Oliver, a financial Wall Street wizard

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the small Ward cabin figure in Leadville society?

2. What does Larry send to Shelley, care of Lyman?

3. Why is everyone concerned about Larry being around Shelley?

4. What is a recurring plot device used by the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Susan's transformation into a western woman exemplified in this chapter?

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

3. What is Susan's impression of Mexico?

4. How does this chapter highlight the differences in approach to life by Oliver and Susan?

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

6. Are they able to resolve their differences and move on?

7. Why are Mrs. Elliott's suggestions so confusing to Susan?

8. What attracted Susan to Oliver?

9. In this chapter, Lyman describes some of the resources he uses to recreate the life of his Grandmother Susan Ward. Describe them.

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

(see the answer keys)

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