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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. Why did Avey try to have a miscarriage when she was pregnant with Marion?
(a) They could not afford another child.
(b) Avey was a single parent.
(c) Avey's health was at risk.
(d) Avey was just a teenager.

2. What was the name of the social events attended by Avey and Great Aunt Cuney?
(a) Ring Shouts.
(b) Sadie Hawkins dances.
(c) Turnabouts.
(d) Mardi Gras.

3. How is Avey's hotel room furnished?
(a) Italianate.
(b) Tudor.
(c) Contemporary.
(d) French Country.

4. What was the name of the dining room where Avey encounters the peach parfait?
(a) The Marlowe Room.
(b) The DuBarry Room.
(c) The Versailles Room.
(d) The Brittannia Dining Room.

5. What was Thomasina's former profession?
(a) Dancer.
(b) Singer.
(c) Model.
(d) Actress.

Short Answer Questions

1. What language do the people at the harbor speak?

2. In what state is Tatem Island located?

3. Why do the native people leave for the tiny island every year?

4. What drove Avey's behavior and accusations of infidelity?

5. What position is Jay able to secure after he attains his college degree?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author use a flashback to show the beginnings of Avey's discomfort on the cruise ship?

2. What are some of Avey's memories of her life in the Halsey Street apartment?

3. What does Avey learn from the taxi driver about what all the commotion is about with the people at the harbor?

4. Who is the main character of the story and what is she doing as the novel opens?

5. How does Avey recall the changes that turned Jay into Jerome?

6. What was Jay's response to Avey's hysterics?

7. Whose transformation begins in Chapter 3 after Avey and Jay's big fight?

8. What did Avey realize about Jay on the night of the big fight?

9. How challenging is it for Avey to find a quiet place on the ship where she can sort out her thoughts?

10. What visions does Avey have during the night she spends at the hotel?

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