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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 cougar.
(b) A lion.
(c) A cat.
(d) A fox.

2. Brian's comments about sex being a joke indicate that
(a) He sees the humor in the jokes.
(b) He and Irene don't have much of a sex life.
(c) He thinks sex is hilarious.
(d) He is happy with his marriage.

3. Helga marries Pleasant Green and moves to
(a) Naxos.
(b) California.
(c) Chicago.
(d) Alabama.

4. Irene allowing Clare into the private rooms of the house symbolizes
(a) Irene's wish that Clare will love her sons.
(b) Irene's desire to show Clare her wealth.
(c) Irene allowing herself to be vulnerable.
(d) Irene's invitation to invade her family.

5. Helga has developed a new appreciation for
(a) The black southerners and their simplicity.
(b) New York and its excitement.
(c) Naxos and its efforts.
(d) Hard work.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Clare mentions she would do anything to get what she wants, it

2. Irene attributes Brian's complete withdrawal to

3. Irene does not tell Brian about bumping into Bellew because

4. Helga finds some satisfaction in

5. Brian demands that Irene

Short Essay Questions

1. Things have taken a turn for the worse at the Redfields'. What are the clues that the story is inching toward a conclusion as it pertains to the Redfields and Clare Kendry? What conclusions can we draw about this section of the story?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What kind of parent is Clare Kendry? What are the clues, thus far, that help us to draw conclusions about her parenting abilities? How has Larsen informed us about this?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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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