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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. Where would Brian prefer to live?
(a) South Africa.
(b) Southern Europe.
(c) Switzerland.
(d) South America.

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

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

4. Irene knows that she and Brian and their children belong
(a) In Brazil.
(b) In New York.
(c) To Harlem.
(d) In Chicago.

5. Clementine Richards thinks Helga does not
(a) Respect God.
(b) Understand goodness.
(c) Appreciate the worth of Pastor Green.
(d) Look black enough.

Short Answer Questions

1. Helga chooses to remain

2. Irene Redfield does not

3. Brian would rather be living in

4. John Bellew enters Felise's apartment in a state of

5. Irene is determined to keep her life

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. What is the author's intention when she puts the two women together in the hotel restaurant scene? What conclusions can we draw from Irene's memory of that day?

5. What is your initial assessment of Clare Kendry? Do we know enough about her in these first two chapters to draw any conclusions about her? If so, what would they be?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Why do you suppose Clare is pushing herself so rigorously to get involved in Irene's life? Why has she not chosen, for instance, Gertrude, to reacquaint her with the black culture? What is the particular attraction to Irene?

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