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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. Several themes are apparent in Part 2; one theme might be what?
(a) Being a fugitive.
(b) Murder.
(c) Embezzlement.
(d) Greed.

2. What did Cressida once worry about when she was broke?
(a) Whether she'd have enough food for herself and Horace.
(b) If she would be able to afford a gown to apply for a part on Broadway.
(c) Having enough money to bury her first husband.
(d) If she and her son would be put out on the streets.

3. Besides Cressida, what was a common element in the demeanor of Cressida's siblings?
(a) They were condescending.
(b) They acted like they were continually abused.
(c) They were eager and joyful in their lives.
(d) They felt they were owed something.

4. Why does Cressida's third marriage fail?
(a) Lack of passion.
(b) The reason is not revealed in Part 2.
(c) Infidelity.
(d) Boredom.

5. Who does Cressida hope Carrie meets?
(a) The ship's surgeon who is single and handsome.
(b) Jerome.
(c) Cressida's investment advisor.
(d) The star opposite Cressida at a performance in London.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who among Cressida's inner circle understands the source of her fortune?

2. Who of Cressida's husbands was a music teacher and choir director?

3. How does Cressida explain her upcoming marriage to Carrie?

4. What drives a wedge between the sisters and Poppas?

5. What terms do Cressida's sisters use to characterize her break from McChord?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens that causes Cressida to become flustered?

2. Could Cressida be characterized as a musical genius? Explain your answer.

3. Describe Carrie's trip to the docks to hear the reading of the names of the survivors from the Titanic.

4. Does the narrator seem to indicate that Cressida and Poppas understand what the two have given each other?

5. Discuss the interaction between Horace and Cressida near the end of Part one.

6. How does Carrie evaluate Jerome's effect on Cressida? Carrie uses the word "rapacious" to describe his actions, what does this word mean in the context of Jerome Brown as a financier?

7. When Carrie is watching the four men who are at the reading of the survivor's names from the Titanic, she muses to herself wondering if Cressida would actually return to those men sitting there is she could. Do you think Cressida would return to these men if she could?

8. Give a brief synopsis of what the reader knows about Cressida's marriages by the end of part one.

9. How well does Poppas know and understand Cressida?

10. What are some facts which Cressida learns about Bouchalka on her Sunday gathering? Is there anything in what Cressida relates to Carrie about Bouchalka that seems to foreshadow the eventual failure of his marriage to Cressida?

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