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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Reta become angry at the male author being interviewed on the literary television show?
(a) Because he dismisses her writing to the host.
(b) Because he lacks talent and imagination.
(c) Because he is more successful than she is.
(d) Because he doesn't mention any female writers who have influenced him.

2. What does Reta discuss with the person she visits after her encounter with Norah in early November?
(a) Marriage and divorce.
(b) Literary matters.
(c) Children of war.
(d) Feminist intellectuals.

3. Why does Reta attend a series of interviews in September?
(a) Reta attends them on behalf of her mentor.
(b) Reta attends them because it is part of her research.
(c) Reta attends them because she enjoys being interviewed.
(d) Reta attends them in order to get a raise at work.

4. What has Reta attempted to talk about with her daughters regarding sex?
(a) Reta has attempted to share her own experiences.
(b) Reta has attempted to convince them to wait until marriage.
(c) Reta has attempted to talk about birth control.
(d) Reta has attempted to find out if they are having sex.

5. What days does Reta drive to Toronto to see Norah?
(a) Saturdays.
(b) Mondays.
(c) Wednesdays.
(d) Tuesdays.

6. What two languages are spoken during Reta's childhood?
(a) English and Spanish.
(b) English and German.
(c) French and Spanish.
(d) English and French.

7. What prize did Reta's novel, "My Thyme is Up," win the previous year?
(a) The Pulitzer Prize.
(b) The Man Booker Prize.
(c) The Nobel Prize.
(d) The Offenden Prize.

8. How does Reta describe her sexual relationship with Tom?
(a) As exciting and unpredictable.
(b) As familiar and a safe routine.
(c) As uncomfortable and unpleasant.
(d) As dull and infrequent.

9. Why does Reta write a check to the hostel each month?
(a) Because it is run for homeless women with children.
(b) Because it is where Norah sleeps every night.
(c) Because it is run for battered women.
(d) Because it is where Norah works during the day.

10. According to Reta, what is "full of rough corners that seem to me just about to come into their full beauty"?
(a) Reta's husband.
(b) Reta's writing.
(c) Reta's home.
(d) Reta's daughters.

11. What do Reta, Tom, Christine, and Natalie do in the car in Toronto?
(a) They share memories of Norah and laugh.
(b) They ponder the future and laugh.
(c) They talk about their feelings and cry.
(d) They stare out the windshield and cry.

12. What praise does Reta give Alexander Valkner about his article "The History of Dictionaries"?
(a) Reta praises his broad approach.
(b) Reta praises his intellectual rigor.
(c) Reta praises his research method.
(d) Reta praises his personal narrative style.

13. What two actual events do Reta's writer friends also discuss at the Orange Blossom Room?
(a) The woman in Mozambique who gave birth in a tree; the self-immolation of a Muslim woman in Nathan Philips Square.
(b) The military coup in Mozambique; the cost of child care in Toronto.
(c) The self-immolation of a Muslim man in China; the poaching of ivory in North Africa.
(d) The recent Canadian election; the war in Afghanistan.

14. What draft does Arthur ask Reta to send him?
(a) The first draft of her new novel.
(b) The final draft of her new novel.
(c) The final draft of her next novel.
(d) The first draft of her next novel.

15. What is the idea Reta shrinks from when it comes to writing her book?
(a) Reta shrinks from the idea of being prudish.
(b) Reta shrinks from the idea of being too explicit.
(c) Reta shrinks from the idea of not being truthful.
(d) Reta shrinks from the idea of writing nonfiction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reta decide not to attend the funeral for the person at Scribano & Lawrence?

2. What present does Reta get for Norah's seventeenth birthday while on a book tour in D.C.?

3. Whose personality is Reta worried about developing in her novel?

4. What sport have Christine and Natalie given up playing on Saturdays to spend the day with Norah?

5. Why does Arthur Springer from Scribano & Lawrence call Reta to introduce himself?

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