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

2. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what traits does Judge display that Laurel finds unusual to him?
(a) Optimism and happiness.
(b) Impatience and frustration.
(c) Passivity and obedience.
(d) Anger and meanness.

3. What surprises Laurel when she sees the coffin?
(a) Fay bought a cheap coffin.
(b) Fay had the coffin lined with peach satin.
(c) Fay chose the wrong coffin.
(d) Fay had the coffin lined with yellow taffeta.

4. Why does Judge need to see the doctor?
(a) Judge is having trouble with his eye sight.
(b) Judge has been feeling sick to his stomach.
(c) Judge needs immunizations to travel.
(d) Judge has high blood pressure.

5. What makes Fay upset when they arrive back in Mississippi?
(a) That she is awaken by the porter.
(b) That no one is there to meet her.
(c) That she is forced to see Judge's coffin.
(d) That Laurel refuses to continue on to Chicago.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is significant about Fay's age?

2. What does Laurel do with Judge during her time with him?

3. What does Laurel do after the nurse tells her about Fay's abuse toward Judge?

4. Who is waiting with Fay at the hospital?

5. Where did Fay and Judge get married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Laurel want to find her mother's letters?

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

5. Why does Fay refuse to get up the next morning?

6. What does Laurel find in her mother's sewing room?

7. Does Fay love Judge?

8. Who arrives the morning of the funeral?

9. How does Fay react when she returns home from the funeral home and finds people sitting with Laurel?

10. Why does Laurel return to the hospital?

(see the answer keys)

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