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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Lily feel when she sees Lawrence Selden at her cousin's wedding?
(a) Unaffected.
(b) Suspicious.
(c) Relieved.
(d) Excited.

2. How does Lily acquire letters found by Mrs. Haffen, Lawrence Selden's cleaning lady?
(a) Lily finds them in Mrs. Haffen's cleaning supplies.
(b) Mrs. Haffen sells the letters to Lily.
(c) Mrs. Haffen leaves them outside Lily's door.
(d) After Mrs. Haffen finds them, she gives them to Lawrence Selden, who gives them to Lily.

3. How does Lawrence feel about Lily's reaction to his suggestion that they have tea at a popular cafe?
(a) Amused.
(b) Offended.
(c) Shocked.
(d) Relieved.

4. What event does George Dorset invite Lily to in book 1, chapter 10?
(a) A prayer service.
(b) A party in the Adirondacks.
(c) A party at his home.
(d) The opera.

5. When do the events of chapter 14, book 1, begin?
(a) A week after Lily's argument with Gus Trenor.
(b) The night after Lily's argument with Gus Trenor.
(c) The morning of the party.
(d) The same morning that Lily awakens to find two notes at her bedside.

6. Where does The House of Mirth take place?
(a) New York City, New York.
(b) London, England.
(c) Paris, France.
(d) Boston, Massachusetts.

7. Where does Lily acquire the knowledge to discuss Percy's hobby?
(a) From the book she was reading on the train.
(b) From her own hobby.
(c) From a conversation with Lawrence Selden.
(d) From gossip with friends in her own social circlre.

8. What does the note that Lily finds next to her bedside from Judy Trenor say ?
(a) Mrs. Trenor asks Lily to do some chores for her.
(b) Mrs. Trenor warns Lily to stay away from Gus Trenor.
(c) Mrs. Trenor wants to see Lily.
(d) Mrs. Trenor invites Lily to a party at Bellomont the next weekend.

9. What is Lily's reaction when she sees Lawrence Selden while she is waiting for her train?
(a) She is happy to see him.
(b) She sends her companion to get him.
(c) She avoids him.
(d) She cries.

10. What is the result of Lily's activities the first night of the party?
(a) She finds the man she wishes to marry.
(b) She is banished from the party for cheating.
(c) She gambles and loses most of her money.
(d) She repeats a hurtful rumor.

11. What does Mrs. Trenor ask Lily to do in book 1, chapter 4?
(a) Take over her duties as hostess.
(b) Secretarial tasks.
(c) Introduce her to Percy Gryce.
(d) Leave the party and return home immediately.

12. Why does Lily join a party with Carry Fischer and another couple in the Adirondacks?
(a) Lily has no other social engagements.
(b) Lily wants to get away from Gus Trenor.
(c) Lily needs to take a vacation.
(d) Lily wants to spend the money she received from Gus Trenor.

13. Who is Mrs. Van Osburgh?
(a) A wealthy social rival of Mrs. Trenor.
(b) A divorced party guest.
(c) The hostess of the party at Bellomont.
(d) Lily's aunt, with whom she resides.

14. Why must Lily comply with Mrs. Trenor's request in book 1, chapter 4?
(a) Her aunt has become deathly ill and has no one else to care for her.
(b) Everyone at the party must take turns helping Mrs. Trenor.
(c) Mrs. Trenor threatens to tell Percy Gryce that Lily is searching for a wealthy husband.
(d) She is the least wealthy member of her social group, so her soacial standing depends on helping Mrs. Trenor.

15. How does Lily view the results of her activities the first night of the party?
(a) She views her gambling losses as a small price to pay to remain in her social circle.
(b) She considers the possibilty of revenge by a hurt party-goer silly.
(c) She doesn't take the possibility of a stalker seriously.
(d) She panics, worried she will be dropped from her social circle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Gerty Farish?

2. What does Lily hope will develop from the time she spent with Percy Gryce on the train to the party?

3. In book 1, chapter 8, how does Mrs. Trenor feel about the friendship between Lily and Gus?

4. Why is Lily Bart waiting for a train when she is first introduced in the book?

5. Why does Lily go to Gerty Farish's apartment after her confrontation with Gus Trenor at his house?

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