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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 was the date on the computer file that contained the first few lines that Joan wrote after her husband's death?
(a) April 12, 2004.
(b) March 13, 2004.
(c) January 4, 2004.
(d) May 20, 2004.

2. How did John's father die?
(a) Cardiac arrest.
(b) A construction accident.
(c) A stroke.
(d) A car accident.

3. Who wrote "Mourning and Its Relation to Manic-Depressive States"?
(a) Bridget Davidson.
(b) Melanie Klein.
(c) Peter Phillips.
(d) Martin Andrews.

4. When did an author write "Mourning and Melancholia"?
(a) 1903.
(b) 1899.
(c) 1917.
(d) 1912.

5. When did Quintana and Gerry fly to California?
(a) February 4, 2004.
(b) April 6, 2004.
(c) March 25, 2004.
(d) January 30, 2004.

Short Answer Questions

1. What book did Joan buy, but have difficult deciphering the language?

2. How much did it cost Joan and John to rent a house on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood many years ago?

3. When did John die?

4. What color were John's eyes?

5. What did Joan wear to her wedding?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did a woman that Joan worked with at "Vogue" have an abortion that was paid for by the attorney general's office?

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

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

4. What incidents indicated that Joan was not thinking clearly?

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

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

7. Why did Joan write "The Year of Magical Thinking"?

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

9. What advice about attending funerals did Joan read that was written by Emily Post in her 1922 book of etiquette?

10. What expensive drug was Quintana given when she developed sepsis?

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