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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 had bound and gagged Maudie?
(a) Patricia and Buster.
(b) Pamela and Bulldog.
(c) Peyton and Boomer.
(d) Peyton and Buster.

2. How did Milton perceive the advice his father gave him?
(a) He clung to every word.
(b) He used what he could.
(c) He discarded it.
(d) He didn't pay much attention to it.

3. What is Helen's most vivid recollection in this chapter?
(a) Peyton's Broadway debut.
(b) The day Peyton had her first child.
(c) The day Peyton left for college.
(d) The day she learned that Peyton was dead.

4. What was Dolly's ex-husband's nickname?
(a) Champ.
(b) Pookie.
(c) Bud.
(d) Killer.

5. Where are Milton, Dolly and Ella going in a limousine?
(a) A funeral.
(b) The train station.
(c) An anniversary party.
(d) A wedding.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where are Milton and Dolly as they talk over drinks?

2. Who is the protagonist of the story?

3. Where did Milton take Peyton to cheer her up after the altercation with her mother?

4. With whom has Milton been having an affair for many years?

5. What does Mr. Casper do to the hearse at the beginning of Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Peyton and Buster do to Maudie that ends in Helen's slapping Peyton in front of people?

2. How do Dolly and Helen differ in their views on motherhood?

3. How does Helen feel about Dolly and her husband and when does she know there is something going on between Dolly and Milton?

4. Where does Dolly find Milton when the train arrives at the station?

5. How can Dolly best be characterized?

6. How does the author indicate the importance of Milton's father's words?

7. What is the symbolism of the hearse that keeps breaking down on the way to the cemetery?

8. Describe Dolly's feelings about Peyton.

9. How do thoughts of Peyton lead Milton to think about his own father and what does he recall about that relationship?

10. What is significant about the letter that Milton reads while waiting for the train?

(see the answer keys)

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