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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 happens to Amelia after the activity in #66?
(a) She hires a hitman.
(b) She loses her vitality.
(c) She leaves town.
(d) She files a lawsuit.

2. What is the state of the largest house in the center of town?
(a) Ready to collapse.
(b) In renovation.
(c) Torn down.
(d) Brand new.

3. Why is Frances' playing so emotionless?
(a) She hates the pieces she has to play.
(b) She is distracted.
(c) She is depressed.
(d) She has better things to do.

4. What is Miss Amelia's physical appearance?
(a) Delicate and frail.
(b) Petite and tentative.
(c) Strong and mannish.
(d) Tall and gawky.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What literary technique does McCullers use when mentioning Amelia's very brief marriage to Marvin Macy?

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

3. What is the physical manifestation of Cousin Lymon's outcast status?

4. For how long do Amelia and Marvin throw punches at each other?

5. Marvin Macy is characterized as ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Marvin after Amelia kicks him out of the house?

3. How does the end of Marvin and Amelia's marriage foreshadow what will happen to Amelia and Cousin Lymon?

4. What is happening to Frances which Mister Bilderbach is completely unaware of?

5. Who is Cousin Lymon and how does he enter Amelia's life?

6. How does Amelia react when Marvin moves into the house?

7. What does the old man tell the boy about the woman he had been married to?

8. What does the author reveal about Miss Amelia's character and personality?

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

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

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