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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 magazine does Mister Lafkowitz point out to Frances?
(a) Ladies Home Journal.
(b) Musical Courier.
(c) Life.
(d) Time.

2. Who has Marvin's brother brought with him to Amelia's cafe?
(a) His new bride.
(b) Marvin.
(c) A sick child.
(d) His mother.

3. How does Amelia feel about Cousin Lymon at the end of the story?
(a) She can take him or leave him.
(b) She loves him.
(c) She can't stand him.
(d) She is amused by him.

4. What did critics say about Frances' performance of the piece in #83?
(a) It was brilliant.
(b) It was inspired.
(c) It was virtuoso level.
(d) It lacked emotion.

5. How old was Marvin Macy when he married Amelia?
(a) 32.
(b) 22.
(c) 19.
(d) 43.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has Lymon convinced Amelia to buy for the cafe?

2. What does Frances do when Mr. Bilderbach wants her to play?

3. In what month does the story take place?

4. Who jumps onto Amelia when she has Marvin in a defeated pin?

5. Who is entranced by Marvin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mr. Brook's first clue that Madame Zilensky may have mental issues?

2. After listening to so many of Madame Zilensky's stories, what finally alerts Mr. Brook that she is a pathological liar?

3. With whom does Frances share the title of "wunderkind" and why does she think she cannot live up to the name?

4. What causes Martin to feel love and not anger for Emily?

5. How do the wealthy men react to the news that the young injured jockey will never ride again?

6. How do the townspeople know that Amelia is in love with Cousin Lymon?

7. How does Mr. Brook finally confront Madame Zilensky and how does he ultimately handle the situation with her?

8. What unusual event occurs on Marvin and Amelia's wedding night and how does Marvin try to salvage the situation?

9. What is the nature of the cafe in the four years since Cousin Lymon arrived?

10. What are some of the strange situations that Mr. Brook finds at Madame Zilensky's house?

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