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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 name of the family introduced in Part 1, Chapter 1?
(a) McKelva.
(b) O'Toole.
(c) Donahue.
(d) Callahan.

2. How long after Judge met Fay did they get married?
(a) A year.
(b) Six months.
(c) A week.
(d) A month.

3. What does Dr. Courtland do when he arrives in Judge's room the night Fay abuses Judge?
(a) Dr. Courtland examines Judge and tells Fay to leave.
(b) Dr. Courtland examines Judge and calls the police on Fay.
(c) Dr. Courtland examines Judge and asks Laurel to leave.
(d) Dr. Courtland examines Judge and declares him perfectly healthy.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Fay react to the doctor's recommendation?

2. What does Dr. Courtland tell Laurel about Judge after he dies?

3. Where does Laurel put Miss Adele's gift?

4. What was Judge doing when he experienced symptoms related to his doctor's visit?

5. Who does Judge ask for when he wakes after surgery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Laurel return to the hospital?

2. Why does Laurel believe her father died?

3. What does the nurse tell Laurel when she arrives at the hospital? How does Laurel react?

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

5. Why does Miss Adele remain after everyone has left to put away the dishes?

6. Describe Judge McKelva.

7. What does Laurel burn out in the yard?

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

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

10. What is Laurel searching for in her father's library?

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