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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How are Reta and Danielle different?
(a) Reta is married with children; Danielle is single and childless.
(b) Reta is Canadian; Danielle is American.
(c) Reta is a novelist; Danielle is a biographer.
(d) Reta is young and successful; Danielle is old and poor.
2. According to Reta, what does she find "monstrous" in the face of Norah's absence?
3. What sport have Christine and Natalie given up playing on Saturdays to spend the day with Norah?
4. Who does Reta go see after her encounter with Norah in early November?
(a) Alexander Valkner.
(b) Mr. Scribano.
(c) Emma Allen.
(d) Danielle Westerman.
5. Why does Reta attend a series of interviews in September?
(a) Reta attends them because it is part of her research.
(b) Reta attends them in order to get a raise at work.
(c) Reta attends them because she enjoys being interviewed.
(d) Reta attends them on behalf of her mentor.
6. According to Reta, what is the most important aspect in her life?
(a) Her writing career.
(b) Her children.
(c) Her husband.
(d) Her home.
7. Why does Reta also chide Valkner about his article "The History of Dictionaries"?
(a) For failing to mention some of the century's great female writers.
(b) For including male writers that are blatantly sexist.
(c) For his patronizing tone in discussing some of the great female writers of the century.
(d) For attempting to discuss all literature instead of narrowing his focus.
8. Who is playing the piano when Reta and Tom have finished their work after their package is delivered?
9. What word does Norah have written on the cardboard sign on her chest?
10. How does Reta approach Norah when she visits her in early November?
(a) Joyfully, as Reta is so happy to see Norah.
(b) Angrily, as Reta is upset by Norah's behavior.
(c) Carefully, as Reta does not want to appear threatening.
(d) Indifferently, as Reta no longer cares about Norah's panhandling.
11. Who does Reta meet for lunch after a radio interview in Baltimore?
(a) Her mentor, Danielle.
(b) Her old friend, Gwen.
(c) Her daughter, Christine.
(d) Her editor, Arthur.
12. What kind of world is Reta interested in creating for her characters?
(a) A fictional but believable world.
(b) A nonfictional but unbelievable world.
(c) A nonfictional but believable world.
(d) A fictional but unbelievable world.
13. What do Tom and the girls see as a contradiction about the American event they are fixated on?
(a) They see the election results in Florida as a contradiction to the checks and balances system in the constitution.
(b) They see the Indy 500 as a contradiction to public concern for safety.
(c) They see the presidential speech as a contradiction to the realities of the Iraq war.
(d) They see the Kentucky Derby as a contradiction to government regulation of gambling.
14. Why is Colin's marriage to Marietta troubled?
(a) Because Marietta is unfaithful.
(b) Because Marietta has suddenly left Colin.
(c) Because Colin has suddenly left Marietta.
(d) Because Colin is unfaithful.
15. What is the signal Reta gives to Lois for her to come over for her nightly meal with the family?
(a) Reta shuts the patio door.
(b) Reta opens the patio door.
(c) Reta opens the red kitchen curtains.
(d) Reta shuts the red kitchen curtains.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Reta, young adults live in an age of prolonged _________and protracted__________.
2. What two languages are spoken during Reta's childhood?
3. Where is the apartment Norah shares with her boyfriend located in the building in Toronto?
4. What is the name of Reta's friend, a medical journalist who lives in Newfoundland?
5. What does Reta discover behind the furnace that belonged to the previous owners?
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