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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. Irene privately considers what it would be like if
(a) Clare should die.
(b) Brian and Clare eloped.
(c) Clare took her sons.
(d) Clare re-entered Harlem as a black woman.

2. How does Irene conclude that Brian and Clare are having an affair?
(a) Her children tell her.
(b) Clare tells her.
(c) Brian invited Clare to tea.
(d) Hugh Wentworth tells her.

3. For more than a week, Helga remains in a state of
(a) Unconsciousness.
(b) Rage.
(c) Blissful motherhood.
(d) Prayer.

4. When it comes to Clare's motives, Irene is
(a) Understanding.
(b) Outspoken.
(c) Naive.
(d) Suspicious.

5. Why does Irene bring up Junior being exposed to sexually tinged jokes?
(a) To see if it will make him interested in her.
(b) To divert his attention from his unhappiness.
(c) To cause a spark in him.
(d) To be suggestive about the subject.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the Redfields' private dinner table, Clare is

2. Helga's most recent infant

3. In this section, Clare is now

4. Irene's response to Clare's letter is that she

5. Irene has a bad moment during the social event wherein she

Short Essay Questions

1. Is there anything we can deduce about Irene's response to Clare's letter without knowing the whole story? If so, what are they?

2. What do we know about Clare Kendry from her letter to Irene? What do we know about her from this chapter?

3. Speculate on why Clare is silent at the Redfield dinner table, but talkative and gregarious a parties with others. Does she have a split personality, or is she just shy at the Redfields'? How does Larsen let on what is going on without saying it?

4. How did her religion help Helga through difficult times?

5. What is it that has kept Clare from leaving her husband and living permanently in Harlem?

6. Hugh Wentworth, the white author, comes back into the story during the afternoon tea scene. What is Wentworth's role? Is he a true friend to Irene? To Clare?

7. What is odd about the initial meeting among Irene, Gertrude and Clare? Are these conversations typical among women friends? What, if anything, makes the visit among the three women unusual?

8. During a period while Clare is gone, is there peace in the Redfield home? Why, or why not?

9. What is the burden that these characters carry with them throughout the story?

10. What role, if any, does Clare's husband play in the story so far? Is he a comforting presence? Why, or why not? Is he a likable character?

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