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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Brian have a desire to live?

2. What does Brian think is appropriate for Junior to learn?

3. What does Irene think of the couple who sits near her at the hotel?

4. How does Brian react to Irene's request to take Junior away?

5. What do Brian and Irene discuss as they eat breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Clare and Gertrude fear about each of their pregnancies?

2. How was Clare secretive when she ran into Irene?

3. Why does Irene think that Brian's affair with Clare will not result in his leaving?

4. Why does Irene decide not to reveal Clare's real race to John?

5. Why had Irene left Clare's name off the guest list?

6. What name does John Bellew, Clare's husband, call his wife? Why?

7. What happened to Clare?

8. What is some background information about the author?

9. How do Irene and Gertrude feel after they leave the meeting with Clare and John?

10. What relative of Clare Kendry's was white?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss why Irene is reluctant to resume her friendship with Clare.

a) What jealousy and resentment existed between the two women?

b) What past resentments may be lingering in Irene?

Essay Topic 2

Summarize Part 1, Chapter 4 when Clare sends Irene a note.

a) What did Irene expect the note to say?

b) How is the subject of race brought to the forefront in the note?

Essay Topic 3

Summarize Part 2, Chapter 2 which describes how Clare interjects herself into Irene's family.

a) Why did Irene choose not to answer Clare's letter?

b) How does Clare convince Irene to accept her as a friend?

c) What are signs that Clare is very aggressive?

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