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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 Redfield does not
(a) Try to pass as a white person.
(b) Reveal to anyone that she is black.
(c) Discuss her skin color.
(d) Does not tell her sons they are black.

2. The teacup Irene destroys is
(a) Hand-painted.
(b) A cheap reproduction.
(c) An heirloom from Brian's family.
(d) A porcelain antique.

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

4. What happened to Clare's father?
(a) He was imprisoned.
(b) He died in a car accident.
(c) He left Clare when she was small.
(d) He died from injuries in a fight.

5. What has Irene heard about Clare since they were young?
(a) She has been a housewife.
(b) She has been seen with rich white men.
(c) She has found a career as a dancer.
(d) She is a high fashion model in New York.

Short Answer Questions

1. The time spent without Clare in the picture

2. In Chicago, Clare's husband

3. Why is Irene offended by Clare's use of a PO Box for a return address?

4. When it comes to Clare's motives, Irene is

5. Helga has developed a new appreciation for

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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 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?

8. 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?

9. What is odd about the initial meeting among Irene, Gertrude and Clare? Are these conversations typical among women friends? What, if anything, makes the visit among the three women unusual?

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

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