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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Arthur, who possesses "profound human goodness"?
(a) Alicia.
(b) Reta.
(c) Norah.
(d) Roman.

2. Who does Reta meet for lunch after a radio interview in Baltimore?
(a) Her editor, Arthur.
(b) Her daughter, Christine.
(c) Her old friend, Gwen.
(d) Her mentor, Danielle.

3. Why does Arthur ask Reta to send him a draft?
(a) So that he can help her in the writing of it.
(b) So that he can correct her grammar.
(c) So that he can share it with his colleagues.
(d) So that he can make sure she is doing a good job.

4. What exercise does Reta find repellent?
(a) Counting her blessings.
(b) Researching her novel.
(c) Vacuuming her house.
(d) Writing her book.

5. According to Reta's writer friends at the Orange Blossom Room, why are women excluded from real life?
(a) Because men view women as superior to everyday concerns.
(b) Because men view women as incapable of rational thought.
(c) Because men view women as lacking moral authority and capability.
(d) Because men view women as more capable and superior.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Norah ask Reta about their family when she is nine years-old?

2. What American event are Tom and the girls presently fixated on as they watch the news?

3. Why does Reta cry as she writes the check for the hostel each month?

4. According to Reta, what is the most important aspect in her life?

5. What is the name of the previous owners of Reta and Tom's Ontario farmhouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Reta's feelings about Tom and their sexual relationship?

2. According to Ben, how has Norah changed in the few weeks prior to her disappearance?

3. How does the American election results in Florida that Tom, Christine, and Natalie watch relate to Norah's absence?

4. Why does Reta feel that normalcy is "monstrous?"

5. Why does Danielle believe that Norah has embraced her powerlessness in society by living as a homeless person?

6. During Norah's visit from university the previous year, Reta states that she knew how "wildly out control" Norah was, how "she'd become dangerous to her own being." Describe why Reta comes to this conclusion.

7. Why is Reta reluctant to give Arthur Springer a first draft of her novel, and what does it reveal about her writing?

8. How do Natalie and Christine attempt to give the impression that Norah's absence is part of a normal routine?

9. What are some concerns Reta has in creating her fictional character Alicia, and how are they significant?

10. How does Reta respond to the death of Mr. Scribano and how is it significant?

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