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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. When does Lily run into Simon Rosedale?
(a) As she is leaving Lawrence Selden's apartment building after having tea.
(b) After visiting her dressmaker.
(c) While taking a walk in the park with Lawrence Selden.
(d) While she is waiting at the train station.

3. In book 1, chapter 8, how does Mrs. Trenor feel about the friendship between Lily and Gus?
(a) Relieved.
(b) Envious.
(c) Suspicious.
(d) Delighted.

4. Who is Mrs. Judy Trenor?
(a) A party guest at the top of Lily's social circle.
(b) Lily's aunt, with whom she resides.
(c) The hostess of the party at Bellomont.
(d) Lily's rival for Percy Gryce.

5. What do Lily and Lawrence Selden discover as they walk together on Sunday afternoon?
(a) Their true feelings for each other.
(b) They have nothing in common.
(c) They share the same ideas of success in life.
(d) They are both in love with other people.

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

7. In book 1, chapter 6, what does Lily admit to Lawrence Selden about Percy Gryce as they walk together on Sunday afternoon ?
(a) Their walk was to entice Percy.
(b) She admits that she knows Percy feels nothing for her.
(c) She admits that she proposed to Percy.
(d) She admits that Percy told her to stop smoking or he won't marry her.

8. At dinner in book 1, chapter 14, why does Gerty Farish mistakenly believe Lawrence Selden wants to marry her?
(a) He flatters her endlessly.
(b) He talks about their common interests.
(c) He talks about the future.
(d) He tells her that she should marry.

9. Whom did the hostess of the party promise Mrs. George Dorset would be at the party?
(a) Percy Gryce.
(b) Lawrence Selden.
(c) Gus Trenor.
(d) Simon Rosedale.

10. How does the situation at the place where Lily goes after her cousin's wedding affect her mood?
(a) It puts her in a cautious mood.
(b) It helps improve her mood.
(c) It continues her bad mood.
(d) It doesn't affect her mood.

11. Who interrupts Lily's flirtations with Percy on the train?
(a) Mrs. George Dorset.
(b) Miss Gerty Farish.
(c) Mrs. Edith Wharton.
(d) Mr. Simon Rosedale.

12. What does Lily realize as she chats with Gus Trenor on the way home from the train station?
(a) Gus Trenor can speak to Percy Gryce for her.
(b) Gus Trenor is attracted to her.
(c) She is attracted to Gus Trenor.
(d) He can help her with her money problems.

13. In book 1, chapter 9, what is happening at the place Lily goes after her cousin's wedding?
(a) Cleaning day.
(b) A prayer service.
(c) Arrival of an important member of Lily's social circle.
(d) A party.

14. How does Lily feel when she first sees Percy Gryce at her cousin's wedding?
(a) Hopeful.
(b) Unaffected.
(c) Depressed.
(d) Cautious.

15. What does Mrs. Trenor tell Lily after Bertha Dorset talks to Percy Gryce about her?
(a) Mrs. Trenor tells Lily to confront Bertha Dorset.
(b) Mrs. Trenor tells Lily to ignore Bertha Dorset.
(c) Mrs. Trenor tells Lily to forget about Percy Gryce.
(d) Mrs. Trenor tells Lily what Bertha Dorset said about her.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Lily arrives at the Trenor house, what does Gus Trenor first tell Lily about Mrs. Trenor?

2. Who accompanies Simon and Lily to the event ?

3. What is Lily's plan for Percy Gryce whom she meets while on the train to Bellomont?

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

5. In book 1, chapter 12, why does Gus Trenor criticize Lily after her participation in the party entertainment?

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