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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. How did Helen find out that her mother had betrayed her?
(a) Her brother told her.
(b) She found her father’s will.
(c) Her aunt told her.
(d) Her father told her in a dream.

2. What does Helen say she is a symbol of?
(a) She says that she is not a symbol of anything.
(b) She says that she is a symbol of the road-not-taken.
(c) She says that she is a symbol of the life Francis wanted for himself.
(d) She says that she is a symbol of the potential in the human heart.

3. Whose letter is the only letter Francis has saved?
(a) Annie.
(b) Billy.
(c) Helen.
(d) Peggy.

4. What does Helen say is her lucky star?
(a) Mercury.
(b) God.
(c) Venus.
(d) The North Star.

5. Why does Francis say he never committed suicide?
(a) He was deathly afraid of being alone forever in the cemetery.
(b) He knew that no one would say prayers for him in death.
(c) He was always afraid of hell.
(d) He was too busy trying to figure out how to live.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Helen give, for abdicating from life?

2. How does the narrator characterize the effect of Francis handling things from his previous life?

3. How does the narrator characterize Rosskam?

4. Why had Helen turned down a sandwich at Jack and Clara’s?

5. How did Katrina die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Helen’s father’s death change her life?

2. How does Helen feel about her life, when she is summing it up as she dies?

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

4. Describe Rosskam and his environment.

5. What memories does Rosskam’s sex talk evoke for Francis?

6. How does Francis describe having met Helen when he was younger?

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

8. What does Francis buy from Rosskam, and what is its significance?

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

10. Describe the vision Francis sees at Colonie Street.

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