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

2. When Brian tries to talk to his sons about racism, Irene
(a) Encourages him.
(b) Admonishes him.
(c) Speaks for him.
(d) Contradicts him.

3. Why is Irene offended by Clare's use of a PO Box for a return address?
(a) It shows Clare's devious nature.
(b) It implies that Clare is being sarcastic.
(c) She is hiding her real address.
(d) It implies Clare thinks Irene would be indiscreet.

4. When it comes to Clare's motives, Irene is
(a) Suspicious.
(b) Outspoken.
(c) Naive.
(d) Understanding.

5. In her illness, Helga is unable to
(a) Love her new child.
(b) Ask the right questions.
(c) Give birth.
(d) Pray properly.

Short Answer Questions

1. At all costs, Irene does not want to

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

3. What animal image comes to Irene's mind when considering Clare?

4. Brian's comments about sex being a joke indicate that

5. What is the implication that surrounds Clare's rich white male companions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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. Is there anything we can deduce about Irene's response to Clare's letter without knowing the whole story? If so, what are they?

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

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