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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. Where does Wally learn he can take his fiance for an abortion in Chapter 4?
(a) St. Cloud's.
(b) Anderson Hospital.
(c) St. Jude's.
(d) Ocean's View Orchard.

2. Melony tells Homer that she will do to him what the woman is doing in the picture if he will do what in Chapter 3?
(a) Run away with her.
(b) Get her file from the orphanage office.
(c) Stay at the orphanage forever.
(d) Get her some ether.

3. Melony suggests to Homer that Dr. Larch is what in Chapter 3?
(a) In love with her.
(b) Abusing the orphans.
(c) Rich.
(d) Gay.

4. Homer packs his bag and says goodbye to the two nurses while Dr. Larch starts the autopsy on whom in Chapter 5?
(a) Mr. Rose.
(b) The stationmaster.
(c) Debra Pettigrew.
(d) Mrs. Channing-Peabody.

5. When Homer reaches what age do the doctor and nurses fear he will learn about the abortions in Chapter 2?
(a) 13.
(b) 11.
(c) 16.
(d) 17.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of car does Wally's father own in the novel?

2. Homer's first foster family returns him to the orphanage because of what reason?

3. How many of John Irving's novels have been adapted to film?

4. Who is one of the nurses who works in the boys' division of the hospital orphanage and who tries to never repeat names when naming the babies?

5. What woman from a high-society family in Boston invites Dr. Larch to a croquet party in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the setting of Heart's Haven and Heart's Rock compare to the orphanage in Chapter 4?

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

4. What is foreshadowed about the life and career of Dr. Larch in Chapter 2?

5. What imagery does the author use in describing Homer's walks from the girls' division at the orphanage in Chapter 3? What is symbolic about this imagery?

6. Who helps Wally and Candy arrive at the orphanage in Chapter 5? What impression do these characters have?

7. How do the characters of Homer and Wally relate in Chapter 4?

8. What is symbolic about Dr. Larch's choices for the books read to the orphans in Chapter 3?

9. How is Melony described by the author in Chapter 3? What age is Melony?

10. What does the exposition reveal about Dr. Larch's past in Chapter 1?

(see the answer keys)

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