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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following best describes Lenny and Doreen's dancing?
(a) aggressive
(b) graceful
(c) furious
(d) elegant

2. How does Buddy characterize poetry?
(a) He likens them to the cadavers he dissects in medical school.
(b) He sees them as capturing all the beauty there is in the world.
(c) He calls them worthless pieces of junk.
(d) He calls poems pieces of dust.

3. How does Esther get from Lenny's apartment to the Amazon?
(a) She takes a cab.
(b) Lenny drives her home.
(c) She walks alone the 43 blocks back to the hotel.
(d) She and Doreen walk the 43 blocks back to the hotel together.

4. Why does Esther hope she will be paired up with Lenny instead of Frankie?
(a) Like Esther, Lenny is short while Frankie is tall.
(b) Lenny is much more attractive than Frankie.
(c) Lenny is more charismatic than Frankie.
(d) Like Esther, Lenny is tall while Frankie is short.

5. Who has Mrs. Willard promised to introduce Esther to in New York City?
(a) A simultaneous interpreter at the UN
(b) An ambassador at the UN
(c) The editor of a major literary magazine
(d) Her son, Buddy

6. What is the first thing that Esther notices about Marco?
(a) His stick pin
(b) His dark eyes
(c) His dark suit
(d) His crass attitude

7. What does Buddy take Esther to do while she is visiting him at the sanatorium?
(a) Buy an engagement ring
(b) Ski
(c) Dance
(d) Go for a drive through the mountains

8. Why does Mr. Manzi like Esther so much?
(a) He believes she has the skills and talent to be a successful science major.
(b) She asks interesting questions during his lectures.
(c) She always earns A's in his courses.
(d) He believes she has a purely intellectual interest in science.

9. What does Esther do to offend the driver of the first cab she rides in?
(a) She vomits in his cab.
(b) She fails to tip him because she does not understand she needs to tip service people.
(c) She tips him well below the standard rate.
(d) She criticizes his erratic driving.

10. Why is Esther living in New York City in the summer of 1953?
(a) Esther is taking a summer writing course.
(b) As the award for winning a modeling contest, she is modeling for a fashion magazine.
(c) She is attending New York University.
(d) As the award for winning a writing contest, she is interning at a fashion magazine.

11. Why does Doreen vomit on the carpet of the hotel hallway?
(a) She has the flu.
(b) She is upset that Lenny dumped her.
(c) She has food poisoning.
(d) She is drunk.

12. Why doesn't Esther want her picture taken for the magazine?
(a) She doesn't like the way they styled her hair.
(b) She is about to begin crying.
(c) She doesn't like the paper rose that Jay Cee gave her to hold.
(d) She feels insulted by Jay Cee.

13. What does Esther find outside of her door the morning after Doreen came home drunk?
(a) An angry note from Doreen.
(b) The mustached night maid standing outside her door.
(c) An empty hallway with only a light stain on the carpet.
(d) Doreen lying in a pool of her own vomit.

14. How does Ladies' Day determine what causes the girls' sickness?
(a) They test the ingredients used to make the lunch.
(b) They test vomit collected by the Amazon staff.
(c) They test the contents of one of the girl's stomachs after it is pumped.
(d) They test the leftover food from the luncheon.

15. Why does Esther's mother ask her about what happened to her face?
(a) Her face is bruised from Marco's attack.
(b) She refuses to smile or move her face.
(c) She is wearing much more makeup than she usually does.
(d) She has streaks of blood on each cheek.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jay Cee suggest that Esther do to distinguish herself from other women applying to be magazine editors?

2. How often does Buddy commit to seeing Esther once they begin dating?

3. At what age does Esther say she stopped being "purely happy"?

4. How does Esther feel when she hangs up the phone after talking with Buddy?

5. What does Marco remind Esther of?

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