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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 Fay say when Laurel tells her to get up?
(a) Fay says she is ill.
(b) Fay says she is too depressed to get up.
(c) Fay says she is the widow and everyone will wait for her.
(d) Fay says she does not want to go to the funeral.

2. How does Fay react to the doctor's recommendation?
(a) Fay is bored by the whole situation.
(b) Fay is concerned and insists on staying at Judge's side through the whole ordeal.
(c) Fay is annoyed by the entire ordeal, believing if they ignore it it will get better on its own.
(d) Fay goes home and leaves Laurel to deal with the situation.

3. What character traits best describe Judge?
(a) Aloof and unconcerned.
(b) Gentle, kind, patient.
(c) Slow and eager.
(d) Mean, angry, dark.

4. Who is Fay?
(a) Laurel's Sister.
(b) Judge's Sister.
(c) Judge's Wife.
(d) Laurel's Cousin.

5. What was Judge doing when he experienced symptoms related to his doctor's visit?
(a) Arguing with Fay.
(b) Standing on the porch after pruning the roses.
(c) Eating lunch.
(d) Sleeping.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Miss Adele say about death?

2. What was Fay's job when she met Judge?

3. Who does Dr. Courtland call to meet Fay and Laurel in Mississippi?

4. Who does Fay insist on talking to when they arrive in Mississippi?

5. What is name of the family introduced in Part 1, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the bird symbolize?

2. How does Laurel finally catch the bird?

3. Do you think Fay's behavior is appropriate in Chapter 2?

4. What other decision has Fay made about the wake that Laurel dislikes?

5. Why does Laurel believe her father married Fay?

6. Why does Laurel have dinner with the bridesmaids?

7. Who is waiting when the train arrives in Judge's hometown?

8. Why does Laurel believe her father died?

9. Why does Laurel fly to New Orleans?

10. Describe Fay.

(see the answer keys)

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