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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 has a bad moment during the social event wherein she
(a) Deliberately breaks a tea cup.
(b) Throws a champagne bottle.
(c) Pushes Clare across the room.
(d) Screams at Brian.

2. What does Clare's stationery say about her?
(a) She is feminine.
(b) She is wealthy.
(c) She is beautiful.
(d) She is plain.

3. Brian demands that Irene
(a) Not molly-coddle their son.
(b) Stop talking to him.
(c) Write back to Clare.
(d) Stop telling dirty jokes.

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

5. The teacup Irene destroys is
(a) An heirloom from Brian's family.
(b) A cheap reproduction.
(c) A porcelain antique.
(d) Hand-painted.

Short Answer Questions

1. Irene attributes Brian's complete withdrawal to

2. Where would Brian prefer to live?

3. Irene Redfield does not

4. When Brian tries to talk to his sons about racism, Irene

5. Soon after Helga is well enough to be out of bed

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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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