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

2. Irene allowing Clare into the private rooms of the house symbolizes
(a) Irene's invitation to invade her family.
(b) Irene's wish that Clare will love her sons.
(c) Irene's desire to show Clare her wealth.
(d) Irene allowing herself to be vulnerable.

3. In this section, Clare is now
(a) A godparent to the children.
(b) Sneaking about with Brian.
(c) Staying in Irene's extra room.
(d) Back with her husband.

4. Clare now sees that if her marriage breaks,
(a) She will despise her solitude.
(b) She can travel more.
(c) She will be free to live in Harlem.
(d) She can give up mothering.

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 cause a spark in him.
(c) To be suggestive about the subject.
(d) To divert his attention from his unhappiness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where would Brian prefer to live?

2. As to Clare's motives, Irene is

3. Irene is determined to keep her life

4. Why is Irene offended by Clare's use of a PO Box for a return address?

5. What feelings come up for Irene when remembering her visit with Clare in Chicago

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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. 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?

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

10. What do we learn about the marriage of Irene and Brian Redfield in this chapter? Is it healthy? Is it durable? Why, or why not?

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