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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 Joan wish she could use to record the memories that she included in the book rather than writing about them?
(a) A digital camera.
(b) A tape recorder.
(c) A digital editing system.
(d) A digital scrapbook.

2. When did Joan interview Teresa Heinz Kerry?
(a) During the 2000 campaign.
(b) Shortly after her husband's death.
(c) Shortly after her daughter's death.
(d) During the 2004 campaign.

3. Where did Quintana get the Canyon Ranch T-shirt that John usually wore when he went walking?
(a) Texas.
(b) New Mexico.
(c) California.
(d) Arizona.

4. What was the date of John's funeral?
(a) April 23.
(b) January 23.
(c) March 23.
(d) February 23.

5. When did Joan first notice what she called the "vortex" effect?
(a) February.
(b) December.
(c) January.
(d) March

Short Answer Questions

1. When John's funeral took place, how many months had it been since Quintana's wedding?

2. What type of drink did Joan get John when they came from visiting Quintana?

3. How old were Joan and her brother when her mother was dying?

4. After John's death, which of John's novels did Joan realize was about grief?

5. What book did Joan read that made her realize the significance of things she was told about Quintana's condition in California?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Melanie Klein say about grief?

2. What did John look like when Joan saw him in the emergency room?

3. How did John, Joan, Gerry and Quintana spend Thanksgiving 2003?

4. In Chapter 4, what does Joan say about where and when she and John were married?

5. How did Joan, Gerry and Tony plan to tell Quintana that her father died?

6. What one object did Sara Mankiewicz remove from her house when John and Joan rented it and why?

7. What promise did Joan make to Quintana that she realized that she would not be able to keep and why?

8. How did friends and relatives help Joan in the first three weeks after John died?

9. What were the first words that Joan wrote after her husband's death?

10. Why were Joan and John evicted from their house on the Palos Verdes Peninsula?

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