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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. Who comes for the narrator right at the end of the story?
(a) A Haitian coffee girl.
(b) A zombie master.
(c) The woman with the red ribbon in her hair.
(d) Death.

2. What is Mr. Alice's main interest outside of business?
(a) Golf.
(b) Art.
(c) Sex.
(d) Religion.

3. When he returns to the car and finds the man gone, what does the narrator find?
(a) The typescript of his paper and a hotel reservation in New Orleans.
(b) A gun and a wad of money.
(c) The typescript of his paper and a book about zombies.
(d) The man's clothes, with no sign of their owner.

4. How old is the narrator when Mr. Alice's people find him?
(a) Seventeen.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Eight.
(d) Twelve.

5. To whom are the detective and the narrator taken to see after they have looked at the crime scene?
(a) The resistance.
(b) Queen Victoria.
(c) The German ambassador.
(d) The police.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who suggests that the young man should try writing fantasy instead?

2. In October's story, who first nicknames the boy Runt, and why?

3. What else do they want from her?

4. What is this person traveling to present a paper on?

5. What does the old Shahinai woman take in exchange for the young man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the characters in 'Strange Little Girls' have in common?

2. How do the characteristics and personalities of the months in the story 'October in the Chair' reflect the different months of the year?

3. What do you think the three older boys in the ghost story are?

4. Describe the things that happen to the character Amelia Earnshawe in 'Forbidden Brides...'

5. Describe the character of Miss Finch.

6. Why is November upset at the end of the story, and how does October cheer him up?

7. Why does the poet cast aside all his possessions and his old life in the poem 'Going Wodwo'?

8. Is Amelia a sympathetic character?

9. Describe the character of the detective in 'A Study in Emerald.'

10. In 'Keepsakes and Treasures' how does the narrator's background explain the person he is today?

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