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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. When Fanshawe first begins to write, who are his models?
(a) Poe and Stevenson.
(b) Whitman and Shelley.
(c) Salinger and Plath.
(d) Hawthorne and Williams.

2. What is a speculum?
(a) Mirror or looking glass.
(b) A shallow pool of water.
(c) A part of the large intestine.
(d) A musical instrument.

3. Where does Blue go to watch Jackie Robinson play baseball?
(a) Wrigley Field.
(b) Ebbets Field.
(c) Shea Stadium.
(d) Madison Square Garden.

4. What is the word that the narrator uses to describe his attitude toward Fanshawe that is more accurate than envy?
(a) Suspicion.
(b) Hatred.
(c) Shame.
(d) Adoration.

5. Why do the narrator and Fanshawe hitch-hike home from the cemetery on the day that Fanshawe's father dies?
(a) They don't have bus fare.
(b) They are in a car accident.
(c) The car gets stuck in the snow.
(d) They run out of gas.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Black tell Blue that he thinks the man he is observing is writing?

2. What does the narrator decide from the beginning that he will omit from his book?

3. What drink does Black order during his second encounter with Blue?

4. While living in France, to which country does Fanshawe take a three-week trip?

5. How many suitcases does Fanshawe's work fill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Fanshawe continue to address his letters to Ellen even after her breakdown? To whom are the letters meant to communicate?

2. Which of Fanshawe's works does the narrator choose to show first to the editor? What is the editor's reaction to the work?

3. What aspects of Fanshawe's background could be considered possible liabilities on the ship? How does his background affect the way in which he is actually treated by his fellow shipmates?

4. 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.

5. What is unusual about the letter that the narrator supposedly receives from Fanshawe? How does this quirk help to convince the narrator of the letter's veracity?

6. When Blue enters Black's apartment disguised as the Fuller Brush man, what does Black tell Blue his profession is? When Blue later breaks into Black's apartment and steals the papers from his desk, what does he find them to contain?

7. 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?

8. About what aspect of Fanshawe's writing do Sophie and Fanshawe disagree? What is the compromise that Fanshawe offers her a few months before his disappearance?

9. What is Jane Fanshawe's critique of her son? How does she describe the relationship between Fanshawe and his parents?

10. 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?

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