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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Maria, why did Carter stop seeing Sidney and Ruth Loomis?
(a) Because Ruth didn't star in a movie of his.
(b) Because a part Ruth had was given to another actress.
(c) Because Sidney didn't write a movie for him.
(d) Because a show Sidney was writing was canceled midseason.

2. How many days does Maria realize she has not been bleeding?
(a) Twenty five.
(b) Ninety.
(c) Fifty one.
(d) Ten.

3. According to Helene, who killed BZ?
(a) BZ.
(b) Carter.
(c) Maria.
(d) Helene.

4. What object does Maria keep in her makeup box that she is careful not to examine?
(a) A letter from her father.
(b) A brooch from her mother.
(c) A watch from her father.
(d) A hairbrush from her mother.

5. What is the name of Maria's father's business partner?
(a) Benny Austin.
(b) Allen Bob.
(c) Austin Benny.
(d) Bob Allen.

6. What does she buy at Saks that she can't fit into her Corvette?
(a) A changing table.
(b) A stroller.
(c) A rocking chair.
(d) A bassinette.

7. What accessory does Helene bring to the hospital for Maria that belongs to her?
(a) A diamond ring.
(b) A leather belt.
(c) A chiffon scarf.
(d) Gold hoops.

8. Why is the volume of the movie that man watches in the next room where Maria has her abortion turned up?
(a) So that she could hear it.
(b) To drown out any screaming.
(c) Because the man is deaf.
(d) The dial is broken.

9. Maria claimed she was raised to believe that what came in on the next roll would always be _____ than what went out on the last.
(a) The same.
(b) None of the above.
(c) Worse.
(d) Better.

10. According to Carter, when Maria responds to his statement about dining out, who continues to look directly at her?
(a) No one.
(b) BZ.
(c) Carter.
(d) Helene.

11. What does the receptionist at Freddy Chaikin's office tell Maria when she arrives without calling?
(a) He's left for lunch.
(b) He's in the projection room.
(c) He's with another client.
(d) He's on the phone.

12. As the novel opens, whom does Helene say she does NOT visit Maria at the hospital for?
(a) BZ.
(b) Helene.
(c) Carter.
(d) Maria.

13. When BZ comes over, what does Maria ask him about Carter that he doesn't want to answer because he wants him to finish his picture?
(a) Where he flew with his mistress to.
(b) If the woman he is sleeping with is the star of the picture.
(c) How much money he has spent on his mistress.
(d) Who the woman he is sleeping with is.

14. When Maria lived in New York, what did she do?
(a) She was a waitress.
(b) She was a model.
(c) She was a teacher.
(d) She was a lawyer.

15. What city does Maria have her abortion in?
(a) Las Vegas.
(b) Encino.
(c) Oceanside.
(d) Los Angeles.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens at the end of the first picture Carter made with Maria?

2. At Anita Garson's party, what is the young girl Larry Kulik is watching doing?

3. Why does Maria prefer the studio cut of the second picture Carter made with her?

4. Why does BZ tell Maria that they had to shut down the set in the desert?

5. According to Helene, what is Maria's manner like when she sees her by the swimming pool at the hospital as the novel opens?

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