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

2. Clare married her husband because
(a) He has money.
(b) She wanted children.
(c) She loves him.
(d) She wanted a banker.

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

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

5. Irene has a bad moment during the social event wherein she
(a) Throws a champagne bottle.
(b) Deliberately breaks a tea cup.
(c) Screams at Brian.
(d) Pushes Clare across the room.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the Redfields' private dinner table, Clare is

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

3. Clare's admission that she is lacking in morals

4. Brian states that sex is a joke because

5. In her illness, Helga is unable to

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

6. What is your initial assessment of Clare Kendry? Do we know enough about her in these first two chapters to draw any conclusions about her? If so, what would they be?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

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