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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. Brian's comments about sex being a joke indicate that
(a) He sees the humor in the jokes.
(b) He is happy with his marriage.
(c) He thinks sex is hilarious.
(d) He and Irene don't have much of a sex life.

2. What did Clare's aunts do to her?
(a) Used her father against her.
(b) Tortured her with religion.
(c) Forced her to learn to cook.
(d) Made her care for them in their old age.

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

4. Helga grows tired and ill from
(a) Gossip and loneliness.
(b) Continuous child bearing.
(c) Bad food.
(d) The dirt and squalor.

5. When Brian tries to talk to his sons about racism, Irene
(a) Admonishes him.
(b) Contradicts him.
(c) Speaks for him.
(d) Encourages him.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At all costs, Irene does not want to

3. Helga finds some satisfaction in

4. How does Irene conclude that Brian and Clare are having an affair?

5. Helga chooses to remain

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. How does this time in Helga's life compare to other times? Is it similar or different? In what ways?

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

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

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