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

2. What feelings come up for Irene when remembering her visit with Clare in Chicago
(a) Shame and sadness.
(b) Old ties of friendship.
(c) Love and longing.
(d) Anger and humiliation.

3. The time spent without Clare in the picture
(a) Brings Brian's affection back to Irene.
(b) Does not clear up Irene's suspicions.
(c) Is a great comfort to Irene.
(d) Solidifies her certainty of their affair.

4. What is the trait of Clare's that gossipers have mentioned to Irene?
(a) Clare's gregarious nature.
(b) Clare's having way.
(c) Clare's standoffishness.
(d) Clare's vulnerability.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Brian demands that Irene not

3. What happened to Clare's father?

4. When Clare falls from the window, Irene cries with

5. Clare is upset that she will have to leave New York to

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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. 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?

10. 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?

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