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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mrs. Corning ask the volunteers at headquarters to do before they leave for vacation?
(a) To please return in September when the headquarters reopens.
(b) To take work with them to complete during their off time.
(c) To finish whatever pieces they were working on before leaving.
(d) To be sure to return all of their materials and tools.

2. How long does Mimi have to prepare for her husband's leave?
(a) A whole weekend.
(b) Twenty-four hours.
(c) Forty-eight hours.
(d) A week.

3. According to the young woman in "You Were Perfectly Fine," what was the most important thing that ever happened to her and the young man?
(a) The challenge of dealing with his offensive and drunken actions.
(b) The dinner party that they had been invited to the evening before.
(c) The conversation that they are having about his drunken behavior.
(d) The taxi ride that they had taken around the park the evening before.

4. What is Mimi's husband most looking forward to during his short visit with her?
(a) A long, uninterrupted nap.
(b) A good home-cooked meal.
(c) A quiet conversation with his wife.
(d) A hot bath in a tub.

5. According to the poem "Fighting Words," what would cause the narrator to desert her lover?
(a) If he accuses her of being sullen.
(b) If he mocks her for being too fond of him.
(c) If he admires another woman.
(d) If he criticizes her poetry.

6. What animal did the last of Hobie's decorators collect and add to his decor?
(a) Elephants.
(b) Giraffes.
(c) Zebras.
(d) Turtles.

7. Who does the narrator repeatedly address throughout the story "A Telephone Call"?
(a) Her best friend.
(b) Her boyfriend.
(c) God.
(d) Her mother.

8. What is the girl examining at the beginning of the story "The Sexes"?
(a) Her handkerchief.
(b) Her finger nails.
(c) Her reflection in the mirror.
(d) The design in the sofa pattern.

9. Which of the following best describes the way that the young man in "The Waltz" dances?
(a) He tries to mimic the popular moves of the day, but fails.
(b) He has a natural, graceful movement that others admire.
(c) His movements are stiff, but he tries to excute them precisely.
(d) He makes up his own moves, stepping on his partner and kicking her shin.

10. What kind of flowers does the woman at the dinner party have in her hair in the story "Arrangement in Black and White"?
(a) Live blue orchids.
(b) Red silk roses.
(c) Pink velvet poppies.
(d) White daisies.

11. In the story "Mr. Durant," how long has it been since Mr. Durant first met Rose?
(a) About three months before the story begins.
(b) About three weeks before the story begins.
(c) About two years before the story begins.
(d) About six months before the story begins.

12. In the poem "I Shall Come Back," from where will the narrator return?
(a) From the grave.
(b) From the forest.
(c) From her sorrow.
(d) From the dream of love.

13. In "De Profundis," what kind of man does the narrator hope to find one day?
(a) One who respects her for her accomplishments and intelligence.
(b) One who will always remain faithful.
(c) One who does not talk about all of the other women he has loved.
(d) One who can accept criticism from a woman.

14. In "Light of Love," which lover knows the narrator best?
(a) Sorrow.
(b) Joy.
(c) Pride.
(d) Death.

15. How does the young man in "The Sexes" convince the girl that he is not interested in Florence Leaming?
(a) He tells her that Florence Leaming is engaged to be married.
(b) He promises to never see Florence Leaming again.
(c) He offers to marry her.
(d) He compliments the girl's physical appearance.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the poem "Indian Summer," how has the narrator changed since her youth?

2. What grade does the narrator give to a "passing fair" lady in the poem "Roundel"?

3. In "The White Lady," why does the narrator claim to hate the dead?

4. How does Mr. Durant react to Rose's announcement that she will not return and does not want to see him again?

5. How does Midge change the rules of their game at the end of "The Standard of Living"?

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