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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. According to Lois, what year did her husband die?
2. According to the friend who advised Reta as a young writer, what do obituaries contain?
(a) The putty of life.
(b) The soil of life.
(c) The seeds of life.
(d) The dough of life.
3. What does Norah use to try and put out the flames from the woman's fire?
(a) A linen shirt.
(b) A cotton blanket.
(c) A wool rug.
(d) A plastic dish rack.
4. Who lost her own son to a heroin overdose?
5. In January, what has Reta left in limbo since her last conversation with Arthur Springer?
(a) Writing her novel.
(b) Visiting Norah.
(c) Talking to Danielle.
(d) Translating Danielle's book.
6. According to Arthur, Roman is an ___________ and ___________ character.
(a) Indescribable; complex.
(b) Intelligent; interesting.
(c) Indifferent; dull.
(d) Interesting; smart.
7. What does Tom think Norah might be suffering from?
(a) Bipolar disorder.
(d) Post-traumatic stress syndrome.
8. Why does Arthur state that he thinks of the final chapter as the "kiln?"
(a) Because the heat of the fire is akin to the power of the ending.
(b) Because the clay is malleable and the ending will harden into something beautiful.
(c) Because the labor of creation is the same in writing as in art.
(d) Because the clay is as malleable as a reader's interpretation.
9. Who insists that Norah is reacting to her state of powerlessness in society during Norah's visit with her?
10. What does Reta think of Helt's assessment of her first novel?
(a) Reta agrees with Helt and is glad to be regarded as a serious writer.
(b) Reta agrees with Helt but does not want to be disregarded as a serious writer.
(c) Reta disagrees with Helt but is glad to be regarded as a serious writer.
(d) Reta disagrees with Helt and does not want to be disregarded as a serious writer.
11. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists?
(a) Scabs and red sores.
(b) Bandaids and gauze.
(c) Scabs and tattoos.
(d) Scratches and bruises.
12. Arthur tells Reta the day after Christmas that he has read all the reviews for what book?
(a) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World.
(b) The Goodness Gap.
(c) My Thyme is Up.
(d) Thyme in Bloom.
13. Whose obituary does Reta read in the Globe and Mail?
(a) Paul Hillsdale.
(b) Pam Horton.
(c) Peter Harding.
(d) Paula Hemingway.
14. In the story, who does Reta think the Czech professor must hate?
(a) The reader.
(b) The writer.
15. After Reta discovers Norah's wrists, what does Tom leave for Norah when he sees her in Toronto?
(a) A jar of vaseline and sheepskin gloves.
(b) A jar of moisturizer and leather gloves.
(c) A jar of cortisone cream and sheepskin gloves.
(d) A jar of cortisone cream and leather gloves.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Reta think that novel writing is perhaps a pointless exercise?
2. What title does Arthur suggest for Reta's novel?
3. What is the woman who sets herself on fire outside of Honest Ed's wearing?
4. According to Lois, who makes fun of the list in her recipe box?
5. In what month does Reta write her letter to Ford-Halpern?
This section contains 550 words
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