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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 editor that the narrator contacts to publish Fanshawe's work?
(a) Stuart Black.
(b) Stuart Green.
(c) Sam Smith.
(d) Roger Fanshawe.
2. What drink does Black order during his second encounter with Blue?
(a) A Black and Tan.
(b) A Black and White on the rocks.
(c) A Manhattan.
(d) A Tom Collins.
3. Where did Fanshawe tell his wife he was going on the day he disappeared?
(a) To Manhattan to meet with a client.
(b) To New Jersey to visit his mother.
(c) To Broadway to see a musical.
(d) To Atlantic City to gamble.
4. When Fanshawe first begins to write, who are his models?
(a) Whitman and Shelley.
(b) Hawthorne and Williams.
(c) Salinger and Plath.
(d) Poe and Stevenson.
5. How old is Sophie when she meets the narrator of The Locked Room?
(a) Sixteen years old.
(b) Thirty-two years old.
(c) Forty-six years old.
(d) Twenty-six years old.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the impulse driving the narrator in Chapter 7 of The Locked Room?
2. What does Fanshawe's mother offer the narrator to help him with his project?
3. What does Blue find when he opens the door to Black's apartment after Black tells him to come in?
4. What is the name of the first novel of Fanshawe's that the narrator gives to the editor?
5. What happens when Blue finally decides to contact the future Mrs. Blue?
Short Essay Questions
1. What initiates the argument between Sophie and the narrator at the end of Chapter 7? What is the status of their relationship when the narrator leaves for Paris?
2. When Blue receives his first payment from White, why is he surprised and then disappointed? What was he expecting?
3. What is the person who comes to collect Blue's report at the Brooklyn Post Office wearing? What does Blue do when he sees this person?
4. What is Jane Fanshawe's critique of her son? How does she describe the relationship between Fanshawe and his parents?
5. According to the narrator's recollection, why does Fanshawe give his birthday gift to Dennis Walden? What is the outcome and why is this incident significant for the narrator?
6. What does Fanshawe do during his trip to the cemetery with the narrator on the day of his father's death? What does his action remind the narrator of from their early childhood?
7. In The Locked Room, what is Sophie Fanshawe's condition when her husband goes missing? Describe the trajectory of her emotional reaction to his disappearance.
8. What is difficult for Blue about writing the monthly reports of Black's activities for White to read? What does he want to include in the reports to make them more truthful?
9. What event does Blue leave out of his report that elicits a response from White? What is White's response and what conclusion does Blue draw from this?
10. Why does Fanshawe continue to address his letters to Ellen even after her breakdown? To whom are the letters meant to communicate?
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