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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 makes arrangements for Laurel and Fay's living space and Judge's care?
(a) Missouri.
(b) Dr. Courtland.
(c) Fay.
(d) Laurel.

2. How does Fay react when Dr. Courtland says Judge has died?
(a) Fay accuses Dr. Courtland of allowing Judge to die on her birthday.
(b) Fay accuses Dr.Courtland of killing her husband.
(c) Fay tells Dr. Courtland she does not believe him.
(d) Fay thanks Dr. Courtland for all his hard work.

3. What is Fay's mood as they wait for Judge to return from surgery?
(a) She is happy Judge is getting the treatment he needs.
(b) She is worried about Judge.
(c) She is worried about the cost of the hospital bill.
(d) Annoyed that she is in New Orleans but stuck in a hospital room.

4. Who does Fay insist on talking to when they arrive in Mississippi?
(a) The funeral director, Mr. Pitts.
(b) The mayor.
(c) Laurel's friends.
(d) The police chief.

5. Who tells Laurel and Fay the surgery is over?
(a) Dr. Courtland.
(b) A secretary.
(c) A nurse.
(d) An intern.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Judge's outlook on life?

2. Who are the bridesmaids?

3. How does Fay react to Dr. Courtland's orders regarding Judge's after surgery care?

4. Who arrives while Missouri is taking Fay her breakfast?

5. How did Judge meet Fay?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Laurel believe her father married Fay?

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

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

4. How does Laurel feel about Fay at this point in the story, Part 3, Chapter 4?

5. What does Laurel find that causes her to finally become angry with Fay?

6. What does the red paint on her father's desk represent to Laurel?

7. What does Fay decide to do after the funeral?

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

9. How does Fay react to Judge's death?

10. What makes Laurel unhappy about her father's coffin?

(see the answer keys)

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