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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. To where does Amelia retreat after her defeat?
(a) Her bedroom.
(b) The beauty salon.
(c) Church.
(d) Her office.

2. What does Lymon give Marvin permission to do one day?
(a) Drive his car.
(b) Move into the house.
(c) Re-marry Amelia.
(d) Run the cafe.

3. Both Frances and the student in #78 have been dubbed ________________.
(a) child geniuses.
(b) pleasant.
(c) adequate.
(d) poor learners.

4. What does the cafe seem to provide to people?
(a) A sense of worth.
(b) A good meal.
(c) A place for socialization.
(d) A place to play cards.

5. How does Cousin Lymon try to make Marvin laugh?
(a) He turns cartwheels.
(b) He wiggles his ears.
(c) He tells jokes.
(d) He does impersonations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is an evil omen about Marvin?

2. How old is the student who is profiled in a magazine?

3. What is the busiest night in Amelia's cafe?

4. Who has Marvin's brother brought with him to Amelia's cafe?

5. How long did Miss Amelia's only marriage last?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Frances begun to dread her piano lessons even though she is technically very competent?

2. Describe John's visit to Elizabeth's home.

3. What does Martin Meadows find when he arrives at his home early one Friday afternoon?

4. How did the old man come to terms with his wife's leaving him for another man?

5. How does the relationship between Amelia and Lymon compare to the one between Amelia and Marvin?

6. Compare and contrast John's life now with the new life Elizabeth has created.

7. What does Mister Bilderbach try to get Frances to play in her lesson to get her enthused again?

8. Why could Martin's children not eat the meal their mother had prepared for them earlier?

9. Who is Mr. Brook and what feat has he just managed to pull off for his college?

10. What is the result of the one-sided relationship between Amelia and Cousin Lymon?

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