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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. As to Clare's motives, Irene is
(a) Trusting.
(b) Hopeful.
(c) Suspicious.
(d) Understanding.

2. Clare is very
(a) Generous and gregarious.
(b) Self-focused and manipulative.
(c) Maternal and kind.
(d) Threatening and belligerent.

3. What animal image comes to Irene's mind when considering Clare?
(a) A cat.
(b) A cougar.
(c) A fox.
(d) A lion.

4. This chapter finds Brian Redfield
(a) Busy at home.
(b) Extremely joyous.
(c) Withdrawn.
(d) Making home visits.

5. Whrn speaking with Hugh Wentworth at the dance, Irene
(a) Complains about Brian.
(b) Does not tell him Clare is black.
(c) Is embarrassed about bringing Clare.
(d) Discloses all she knows about Clare.

Short Answer Questions

1. Irene does not tell Brian about bumping into Bellew because

2. What did Clare's aunts do to her?

3. The teacup Irene destroys is

4. What is a personality trait of Clare's that stands out in Irene's mind?

5. When Clare falls from the window, Irene cries with

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 kind of parent is Clare Kendry? What are the clues, thus far, that help us to draw conclusions about her parenting abilities? How has Larsen informed us about this?

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. After two years pass, Clare again wants to become involved in Irene's life. Is Irene's reaction negative or positive? Explain her reaction.

7. Things have taken a turn for the worse at the Redfields'. What are the clues that the story is inching toward a conclusion as it pertains to the Redfields and Clare Kendry? What conclusions can we draw about this section of the story?

8. What, exactly, does Irene fervently wish John Bellew could know? Why?

9. Discuss how giving birth to her fourth child seems to be Helga's breaking point. Why does this happen? What does the death of her infant symbolize?

10. Clare attends the Negro League dance with Brian and Irene. What does the dance symbolize in the story? Why is Irene careful to arrange a ride home for Clare?

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