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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Reta's letter to Ford-Halpern, what is "an endless series of obstacles, an alignment of locked doors"?
(a) Norah's world.
(b) Reta's mind.
(c) Danielle's obstacles.
(d) Emma's loss.
2. Why has Danielle deleted her early life and reinvented herself?
(a) Because she thinks it is important for feminists to assume new identities.
(b) Because her early life is too painful and she wants to forget everything.
(c) Because she suffered from an accident and has trouble remembering.
(d) Because she feels the past must be forgotten in order to move forward.
3. What date does Arthur Springer agree to meet with Reta in 2001?
(a) January 19th.
(b) January 4th.
(c) January 2nd.
(d) January 30th.
4. Why does Lois knock on the door to investigate when Arthur is in the house by himself?
(a) Lois comes to investigate after hearing a loud noise.
(b) Lois comes to investigate after waiting for the usual signs for dinner.
(c) Lois comes to investigate after seeing Arthur close the curtains.
(d) Lois comes to investigate after seeing a stranger lurking outside.
5. In January, what has Reta left in limbo since her last conversation with Arthur Springer?
(a) Talking to Danielle.
(b) Writing her novel.
(c) Translating Danielle's book.
(d) Visiting Norah.
6. When Reta leaves Arthur in the house by himself to go to the hospital, what does he do?
(a) Watches television and drinks wine.
(b) Reads a book and has coffee.
(c) Cleans the kitchen.
(d) Sleeps on the couch.
7. Arthur tells Reta the day after Christmas that he has read all the reviews for what book?
(a) My Thyme is Up.
(b) Thyme in Bloom.
(c) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World.
(d) The Goodness Gap.
8. What newspaper does Emily Helt write for?
(a) The Los Angeles Times.
(b) The Chicago Tribune.
(c) The Washington Post.
(d) The New York Times.
9. How does Reta sign her letter about the obituary in the Globe and Mail?
(a) I grieve for you too. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
(b) I forgive you too. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
(c) I no longer mourn for you. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
(d) I will not forgive you. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
10. What is the short story writer's name who Reta writes a letter to?
(a) Russell Sandor.
(b) Richard Smiley.
(c) Renee Simon.
(d) Robert Spiller.
11. What great themes of literature does Reta tell Helt she learned while in high school?
(a) Birth, death, work, suffering, and understanding.
(b) Birth, death, love, connections, work, and understanding.
(c) Birth, death, good, evil, and sympathy.
(d) Birth, love, work, goodness, and sympathy.
12. In the story, who does Reta think the Czech professor must hate?
(b) The writer.
(c) The reader.
13. What does Tom think Norah might be suffering from?
(b) Bipolar disorder.
(c) Post-traumatic stress syndrome.
14. What does Reta remember about Tom's childhood as they walk in the cemetery?
(a) She remembers that his mother was a terrible housekeeper.
(b) She remembers that his father was in the army.
(c) She remembers that his family lost their fortune.
(d) She remembers that Tom ran away from home.
15. Who works as a trombonist?
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Reta find "ugly, vast, and arresting" as she and Tom walk in the cemetery?
2. According to Lois, who makes fun of the list in her recipe box?
3. What question about Norah does Lois Winters ask every night at dinner?
4. What is Helt's central thesis in her review of a female author?
5. How does Reta sign her letter to Ford-Halpern?
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