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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. Why does Irene think Hugh Wentworth wants to come to Negro events?
(a) Because he is a voyeur.
(b) Because he wants to see black people.
(c) Because he is self-righteous.
(d) Because he is attracted to black women.

2. Clare cries at the end of Chapter 4
(a) Because she is so happy to be there.
(b) Because she knows she is leaving.
(c) For reasons we do not yet know.
(d) Because she plans to hurt the children.

3. Irene attributes Brian's complete withdrawal to
(a) His newfound happiness in his marriage.
(b) His sense of guilt.
(c) His increased satisfaction with his job.
(d) His continued longing to be in South America.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Brian states that sex is a joke because

2. Why does Irene bring up Junior's exposure to sexually tainted jokes?

3. Helga finds some satisfaction in

4. In this section, Clare is now

5. Irene has a bad moment during the social event wherein she

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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. 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?

9. 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?

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

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