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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. Who is the founder and doctor of the hospital who runs the orphanage in the novel?
(a) Dr. Wally Richmond.
(b) Dr. Wilbur Larch.
(c) Dr. Homer Wells.
(d) Dr. Ray Kendall.

2. The third family that adopts Homer does so when he is how old?
(a) 10.
(b) 15.
(c) 6.
(d) 12.

3. The autopsy reveals that the prostitute to whom Dr. Larch lost his virginity to died of what in Chapter 2?
(a) Herpes.
(b) Scurvy.
(c) Cancer.
(d) A heart attack.

4. In Chapter 3, the first book Homer reads to the boys is what?
(a) Jane Eyre.
(b) The Bible.
(c) Grey's Anatomy.
(d) David Copperfield.

5. When Homer is how old does Dr. Larch assign him to read to the girls at the orphanage?
(a) 12.
(b) 15.
(c) 11.
(d) 17.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Homer name the baby he delivers in Chapter 4?

2. When was John Irving born?

3. In Chapter 2, the author describes a place off what street that performs the illegal abortions without a medical doctor?

4. In Chapter 4, Dr. Larch goes into Homer's history and writes it as if Homer has what to keep Homer from being drafted into the war?

5. What orphan from the orphanage had respiratory problems causing him/her to sleep in a special tent to help with breathing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the atmosphere described in the beginning of Chapter 5? What is symbolic in this description?

2. What is Dr. Larch's reaction to Homer's leaving the orphanage in Chapter 5? What is foreshadowed?

3. Discuss the symbolism and foreshadowing in Chapter 4. What is foreshadowed by Candy's pregnancy?

4. How is Homer's first meeting with Candy and Wally described in Chapter 5?

5. What is the setting of the novel established in Chapter 1? During what time period does the novel begin?

6. Where does Dr. Larch decide to go when leaving Boston in Chapter 2? Who invites him to a party and why, in this chapter?

7. In what ways does Dr. Larch record the history of St. Cloud's as described in Chapter 1?

8. What causes Homer's first two adoptive families to return him to the orphanage in Chapter 1?

9. Why does Dr. Larch keep the women having abortions separate from the women giving birth in Chapter 3?

10. How does the author describe Wilbur Larch's early life in Chapter 2? What led to Wilbur's sexually transmitted disease?

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