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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why does Arthur ask Reta to send him a draft?
(a) So that he can make sure she is doing a good job.
(b) So that he can help her in the writing of it.
(c) So that he can share it with his colleagues.
(d) So that he can correct her grammar.
2. What is Reta's struggle about what a writer of fiction should give the reader?
(a) How many metaphors and similes should be used.
(b) How much background information should be given.
(c) How much her characters should be like her readers.
(d) How many points of view should be given.
3. What constant preoccupation does Reta think is not a normal activity for anyone BUT writers?
(a) The constant preoccupation with a world that exists in the imagination.
(b) The constant preoccupation with recreating the past.
(c) The constant preoccupation with the self.
(d) The constant preoccupation with real life and death concerns.
4. Whose personality is Reta worried about developing in her novel?
5. Who is playing the piano when Reta and Tom have finished their work after their package is delivered?
6. What has a dormitory appearance with meals served and an enforced curfew?
(a) The psychiatric hospital.
(b) The University of Toronto.
(c) The hostel.
(d) The YMCA.
7. According to Reta, what is the most important aspect in her life?
(a) Her home.
(b) Her husband.
(c) Her writing career.
(d) Her children.
8. What is the name of Reta's new novel?
(a) Thyme in Bloom.
(b) Thyme to Forgive.
(c) Thyme in Mind.
(d) Thyme is Timeless.
9. How does Reta explain Norah's strange behavior to Christine and Natalie?
(a) Reta tells them Norah is living a life in pursuit of goodness.
(b) Reta tells them Norah is living a life devoted to God.
(c) Reta tells them Norah is living a life of sacrifice and good will.
(d) Reta tells them Norah is living a life in pursuit of beauty.
10. What is the idea Reta shrinks from when it comes to writing her book?
(a) Reta shrinks from the idea of not being truthful.
(b) Reta shrinks from the idea of being too explicit.
(c) Reta shrinks from the idea of writing nonfiction.
(d) Reta shrinks from the idea of being prudish.
11. Why does Reta include "The Hermitage" in her signature at the end of her letter of complaint about "Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World"?
(a) Because Reta feels as a woman she should focus on her home.
(b) Because Reta feels as a woman she is shut out of the universe.
(c) Because Reta feels as a mother she should tend to her family.
(d) Because Reta feels as a writer she needs to work away from people.
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 personal narrative style.
(c) Reta praises his research method.
(d) Reta praises his intellectual rigor.
13. What does Reta discover behind the furnace that belonged to the previous owners?
(a) A confession of infidelity.
(b) A child's report card.
(c) An invitation to a baby shower.
(d) A love letter.
14. 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 daughters.
(c) Reta's writing.
(d) Reta's home.
15. Why does Reta become angry at the male author being interviewed on the literary television show?
(a) Because he is more successful than she is.
(b) Because he dismisses her writing to the host.
(c) Because he doesn't mention any female writers who have influenced him.
(d) Because he lacks talent and imagination.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do Tom and the girls see as a contradiction about the American event they are fixated on?
2. How are Reta and Danielle different?
3. What task do Reta and Tom engage in after the package is delivered to the Winters' home?
4. Why does Reta attend a series of interviews in September?
5. Who does Reta mention by name in her letter of complaint about "Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World"?
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