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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the short story writer's name who Reta writes a letter to?
(a) Russell Sandor.
(b) Robert Spiller.
(c) Renee Simon.
(d) Richard Smiley.
2. Who is Dennis Ford-Halpern?
(a) The author of "The Goodness Gap."
(b) A television host.
(c) Reta's writing teacher.
(d) Norah's psychiatrist.
3. Who does Arthur frighten when he accidentally knocks over the object at Reta's house?
4. What newspaper does Emily Helt write for?
(a) The Los Angeles Times.
(b) The Chicago Tribune.
(c) The New York Times.
(d) The Washington Post.
5. According to Reta, what is "full of isolated events"?
6. Arthur tells Reta the day after Christmas that he has read all the reviews for what book?
(a) My Thyme is Up.
(b) The Goodness Gap.
(c) Thyme in Bloom.
(d) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World.
7. What do Reta and Tom speculate about Norah's wrists?
(a) Whether someone else has hurt Norah.
(b) Whether Norah has made unsavory friends.
(c) Whether Norah has fallen and hurt herself.
(d) Whether Norah has used a razor in a suicide attempt.
8. What does Arthur consider the last chapter in Reta's novel to be?
(a) The least important.
(b) The most important.
(c) The worst.
(d) The best.
9. Why has Danielle deleted her early life and reinvented herself?
(a) Because her early life is too painful and she wants to forget everything.
(b) Because she thinks it is important for feminists to assume new identities.
(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.
10. According to Lois, what year did her husband die?
11. In her letter to Ford-Halpern, how does Reta think other daughters can be protected from Norah's fate?
(a) By allowing them to be fully human.
(b) By giving speeches across the country.
(c) By sacrificing happiness for honor.
(d) By imposing stricter vagrancy laws.
12. What does Tracy Halliday want a huge jar of marbles to represent for Norah?
(a) The number of memories Tracy has of her.
(b) The number of Saturdays in Norah's life if she were to live to be eighty.
(c) The number of visitors Norah will have on her street corner.
(d) The number of prayers Norah's family has said for her.
13. What great themes of literature does Reta tell Helt she learned while in high school?
(a) Birth, death, love, connections, work, and understanding.
(b) Birth, death, good, evil, and sympathy.
(c) Birth, death, work, suffering, and understanding.
(d) Birth, love, work, goodness, and sympathy.
14. According to the friend who advised Reta as a young writer, what do obituaries contain?
(a) The putty of life.
(b) The seeds of life.
(c) The soil of life.
(d) The dough of life.
15. In her letter about the obituary in the Globe and Mail, what does Reta state she has missed out on?
(b) Something definable.
(d) Some indefinable something.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Arthur state that he thinks of the final chapter as the "kiln?"
2. In her review of a female author, Helt states that all relationships are seen through the lens of what?
3. What does Reta remember about Tom's childhood as they walk in the cemetery?
4. What title does Arthur suggest for Reta's novel?
5. What does Natalie remind her family about how long Norah has been wearing her garden gloves?
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