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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 is determined to keep her life
(a) Spontaneous and fun.
(b) Wild and carefree.
(c) Orderly and managed.
(d) Peaceful and serene.

2. Irene does not tell Brian about bumping into Bellew because
(a) She is embarrassed.
(b) It might serve as a warning to him.
(c) She is not sure why it happened.
(d) She thinks it is meaningless.

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

4. Clementine Richards thinks Helga does not
(a) Respect God.
(b) Understand goodness.
(c) Appreciate the worth of Pastor Green.
(d) Look black enough.

5. In this section, Clare is now
(a) A godparent to the children.
(b) Sneaking about with Brian.
(c) Back with her husband.
(d) Staying in Irene's extra room.

Short Answer Questions

1. The time spent without Clare in the picture

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

3. Irene attributes Brian's complete withdrawal to

4. In Chicago, Clare's husband

5. Irene Redfield does not

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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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