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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. In what point of view is Reta considering writing her novel?
(a) Third-person omniscient point of view.
(b) First-person point of view.
(c) Second-person point of view.
(d) Third-person limited point of view.

2. What does Norah ask Reta about their family when she is nine years-old?
(a) Norah asks Reta whether or not her parents are married.
(b) Norah asks Reta whether or not they are from Canada.
(c) Norah asks Reta whether or not she is adopted.
(d) Norah asks Reta whether or not her parents are Catholic.

3. What days does Reta drive to Toronto to see Norah?
(a) Wednesdays.
(b) Mondays.
(c) Tuesdays.
(d) Saturdays.

4. What is the signal Reta gives to Lois for her to come over for her nightly meal with the family?
(a) Reta opens the patio door.
(b) Reta shuts the patio door.
(c) Reta shuts the red kitchen curtains.
(d) Reta opens the red kitchen curtains.

5. What do Tom and the girls see as a contradiction about the American event they are fixated on?
(a) They see the Kentucky Derby as a contradiction to government regulation of gambling.
(b) They see the Indy 500 as a contradiction to public concern for safety.
(c) They see the election results in Florida as a contradiction to the checks and balances system in the constitution.
(d) They see the presidential speech as a contradiction to the realities of the Iraq war.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reta decide not to attend the funeral for the person at Scribano & Lawrence?

2. What does Norah accidentally find in the pocket of Christine's winter parka?

3. What do the Winters do when they discover where Norah sleeps at night?

4. What does Tom's friend, Colin Glass, try to explain to Norah when he comes over for dinner?

5. According to Reta, young adults live in an age of prolonged _________and protracted__________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Reta's peculiar behavior when she visits Norah in early November.

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

3. Describe Reta's feelings about the formation of her inner dialogue, the "longest conversation" that goes on in a lifetime in a person's mind.

4. What does Reta do each month that indicates her attempt to live up to an idea of "goodness?"

5. Describe Norah's thoughts about the two main characters in her novel, and why they are significant.

6. Why does Reta realize that she cannot create a perfect woman as a hero in her novel?

7. Describe Reta Winter's thoughts and feelings as the novel opens.

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

9. Why does Arthur love Alicia as a character and why is it significant?

10. Why does Reta view her trip to the library as a way of reconnecting with Norah?

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