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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 Susan's career expand at this time?
(a) Susan begins to study engineering
(b) Susan takes in mending and washing clothes for the miners
(c) Thomas asks her to be a writer as well as an illustrator.
(d) Susan becomes a model

2. Why does Lyman begin fictionalizing his grandparents' lives in a novel?
(a) Lyman has long wanted to write a romance novel
(b) Shelley suggested this form to him
(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.

3. Rodman is concerned about his father living alone because
(a) Lyman is disabled and his caretakers are also elderly
(b) Rodman is romantically interested in Shelley
(c) Rodman wants to live in Zodiac Cottage by himself
(d) Rodman is afraid Ada will steal Lyman's money

4. This chapter highlights several of Oliver's traits - what are some of them?
(a) Snobbery and high handed behavior
(b) Compassion for those less fortunate, decency,misplaced loyalty, principals, lack of good business judgement, more of a dreamer
(c) Ignorance and selfishness
(d) Greed and avarice

5. Why does Lyman call himself a "man of stone"?
(a) His family name is Stone
(b) He is taking steroids
(c) Because he is physically unable to move his head from side to side.
(d) He is mute.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sad news does Augusta's first letter to Susan in New Almaden include?

2. What is Susan's main character trait in this chapter?

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

4. What is Susan's first clue that her marriage may not be everything she has dreamed?

5. Who is Frank Sargeant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Oliver resign from the New Almaden Mine?

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

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

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

5. Is Susan a good caretaker?

6. Why are Shelley's problems critical to the story?

7. How is Susan's embarrassment with her husband's social abilities highlighted in this chapter?

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

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

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

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