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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. What does the narrator say the clouds resemble, when Francis is standing in the junkyard doorway?
(a) Snowmen.
(b) Vicious dogs.
(c) Mists from an alcoholic’s breath.
(d) Flying dirty socks.

2. What are the dead folks building in Annie’s back yard, when Francis visits?
(a) Bleachers.
(b) A grave.
(c) A mausoleum.
(d) A shed.

3. What image does Katrina’s poet have of her?
(a) A bird being chased by a hawk.
(b) A crow flying away from a poisoned squirrel.
(c) A serpent with long hair.
(d) A caged woman eating a rabbit.

4. How did Francis become close to Katrina Daugherty?
(a) He painted her house, and did odd jobs.
(b) He prevented her from going out of her house naked.
(c) He pushed her out of the way of a trolley.
(d) He worked for her for years, admiring her from a distance.

5. What quality does the narrator says that Helen’s silk kimono has?
(a) Elegance.
(b) Translucency.
(c) Shoddiness.
(d) Exhaustion.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did Francis and Annie court before they married?

2. What does Helen say motivated her through her days?

3. How does Francis characterize his mother?

4. What was the outcome of Helen’s one pregnancy?

5. What momentous event took place at Kibbee’s lumberyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Helen’s mother and brother cheat her?

2. What deal do Francis and Rosskam strike regarding Francis’ pay for the day?

3. What was Francis’ mother’s relationship with Katrina Daugherty like?

4. Who was Katrina Daugherty and what was her role in Francis’ life?

5. Describe Helen’s relationship with Arthur.

6. How does the narrative change in Chapter 5?

7. Explain the meaning of the attention Rosskam draws to Francis’ hands.

8. What prompts Francis to get down from Rosskam’s wagon and quit for the day?

9. Why does Helen say that she and Francis could not marry?

10. Why is Helen angry with Francis, when she thinks about him in the hotel?

(see the answer keys)

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