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

2. Clare is upset that she will have to leave New York to
(a) See her daughter in Switzerland.
(b) Retrieve her daughter from Switzerland.
(c) Get back into white society.
(d) Rejoin her husband in Switzerland.

3. In Chicago, Clare's husband
(a) Spoke of his unconditional love for people.
(b) Denegrated and insulted the black race.
(c) Asked Irene to leave.
(d) Claimed he had Negro blood.

4. For more than a week, Helga remains in a state of
(a) Rage.
(b) Unconsciousness.
(c) Blissful motherhood.
(d) Prayer.

5. At the tea, Clare is
(a) Not herself.
(b) Angry.
(c) Lively and gregarious.
(d) Distracted.

Short Answer Questions

1. As to Clare's motives, Irene is

2. Irene attributes Brian's complete withdrawal to

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

4. Irene's encounter with John Bellew

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

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 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?

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

4. Discuss Helga's new exuberance as the wife of a minister.

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. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

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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