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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 is the name of the daughter that a high-society woman wants Dr. Larch to perform an abortion on in Chapter 2?
(a) Melony.
(b) Candy.
(c) Angel.
(d) Missy.

2. In Chapter 3, Dr. Larch makes it Homer's responsibility to read to the orphans for how long each night?
(a) 1 hour.
(b) 20 minutes.
(c) 10 minutes.
(d) 45 minutes.

3. When Homer says goodbye to Dr. Larch, they tell each other what for the first time in Chapter 5?
(a) They love each other.
(b) Hopes for the future.
(c) Stories from childhood.
(d) Religious viewpoints.

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

5. When was John Irving born?
(a) 1942.
(b) 1952.
(c) 1923.
(d) 1930.

Short Answer Questions

1. Melony tells Homer in Chapter 3 that if Homer was born at the orphanage, then there is what?

2. When Wally sees Candy with the younger boy in her lap, he begs her to do what in Chapter 5?

3. In Chapter 4, a pregnant woman comes to St. Cloud's and collapses in the dispensary from what?

4. When Homer is how old does Dr. Larch assign him to read to the girls at the orphanage?

5. What was the name of John Irving's first novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. In what ways do the characters of Olive Worthington and Dr. Larch relate in Chapter 4?

6. What is ironic about Wilbur's parents in Chapter 2? How is Wilbur's career shaped by his encounter with the prostitute?

7. What does the character of Melony symbolize in Homer's life in Chapter 3?

8. Why does Dr. Larch ask Homer to perform an autopsy in Chapter 5? What does Homer find?

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

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

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