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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 did Wilbur Larch contract as a result of his father's graduation gift?
(a) AIDS.
(b) Herpes.
(c) Syphillis.
(d) Gonorrhea.

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) 45 minutes.
(c) 20 minutes.
(d) 10 minutes.

3. Melony makes Homer promise that he will stay at the orphanage as long as what in Chapter 3?
(a) She is alive.
(b) Dr. Larch is in charge.
(c) He is alive.
(d) She is there.

4. Where did Wilbur Larch attend medical school?
(a) Cambridge University.
(b) Harvard Medical School.
(c) Exeter College.
(d) Bowdoin College.

5. Homer performs the autopsy and tells the doctor the cadaver died of what in Chapter 5?
(a) Cancer.
(b) A severed artery.
(c) Heart attack.
(d) Head trauma.

Short Answer Questions

1. When one of the orphans dies, Dr. Larch writes a history about the child being what?

2. Wally's girlfriend in Chapter 4 is the daughter of the local what?

3. Who is looking out the window when the car drives by leaving with Homer in the end of Chapter 5?

4. Wilbur Larch was born in what era?

5. 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?

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

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

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

5. Where does Wally invite Homer to go with him in Chapter 5?

6. How does the book Jane Eyre relate to the main characters in Chapter 4? What heroic act does Homer do in this chapter?

7. Where does Dr. Larch send the prostitute's daughter in Chapter 2? What happens to her there?

8. What is symbolic about Homer's naming of the baby in Chapter 4?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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