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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 is significant about Fay's age?
(a) Fay is elderly, therefore her presence at the doctor's office is a toll on her.
(b) Fay is much younger than Judge and younger than Fay by a few years, therefore she has trouble empathizing with Judge's situation.
(c) Fay is a child, therefore a hinderance to the situation.
(d) Fay is a teenager, therefore she is indifferent to Judge's situation.

2. How does Fay react to seeing Judge after surgery?
(a) She is saddened by his bandages.
(b) She is outraged that no one warned her about the bandages.
(c) She is worried about his pain levels.
(d) She is happy he is safe.

3. How are they transported to the hospital?
(a) Taxi.
(b) Ambulance.
(c) Shuttle boat.
(d) Private car.

4. What kind of doctor does Judge McKelva go to see?
(a) Eye Doctor.
(b) Cancer Doctor.
(c) Heart Doctor.
(d) Family Doctor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long after Judge met Fay did they get married?

2. What does Dr. Courtland say about Judge's eye three weeks after the surgery?

3. How do Fay and Laurel travel back to Mississippi?

4. What does Judge do while Laurel reads to him?

5. What is the name of the hotel where Laurel gets rooms for herself and Fay?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who consoles Laurel after the funeral?

2. Why does Laurel end the argument?

3. Why do the neighbors blame Laurel for Judge marrying Fay?

4. Describe Judge McKelva.

5. Describe Judge and Fay's relationship as shown in Chapter 2.

6. Why is Laurel concerned for her father?

7. What does Dr. Courtland tell Laurel after her father passes away?

8. In Chapter 1, what causes the tensions between Laurel and Fay?

9. What story of her mother's does Laurel recall in Part 3, Chapter 4?

10. What does Fay do when she sees the coffin?

(see the answer keys)

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