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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. Who suddenly dies at Scribano & Lawrence?
(a) Mr. Lawrence.
(b) Mr. Scribano.
(c) Mrs. Lawrence.
(d) Mrs. Scribano.

2. What do Reta, Tom, Christine, and Natalie do in the car in Toronto?
(a) They share memories of Norah and laugh.
(b) They stare out the windshield and cry.
(c) They ponder the future and laugh.
(d) They talk about their feelings and cry.

3. What does Reta question about her feelings for Tom?
(a) Whether she trusts him.
(b) Whether she respects him.
(c) Whether she dislikes him.
(d) Whether she loves him.

4. According to Ben, Norah had become uncharacteristically __________ and __________ in the few weeks prior to her disappearance.
(a) Calm; peaceful.
(b) Depressed; lethargic.
(c) Irritable; short-tempered.
(d) Manic; jumpy.

5. Why does Reta become angry at the male author being interviewed on the literary television show?
(a) Because he is more successful than she is.
(b) Because he lacks talent and imagination.
(c) Because he doesn't mention any female writers who have influenced him.
(d) Because he dismisses her writing to the host.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two main characters' names in the sequel to Reta's first novel?

2. According to Reta, what are women still dismissed and excluded from?

3. What does Reta discuss with the person she visits after her encounter with Norah in early November?

4. What is Reta's struggle about what a writer of fiction should give the reader?

5. How old does Christine, Reta's daughter, turn in October?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Reta initially think Norah's problems may have stemmed from her relationship with Ben Abbot?

2. Why does the memory of shopping for the perfect scarf for Norah haunt Reta as a "big female secret" and what does the scarf represent?

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

4. What is Reta's complaint in her letter to the editor of a literary magazine regarding one of its advertising pages?

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

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

7. Why does Norah make the sarcastic observation in her letter to Alexander Valkner that he must have suffered from extreme fatigue when he thought of his list of "literary big cats"?

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

9. Why do Reta and her writer friends at the Orange Blossom Room conclude that the concepts of goodness and greatness are incompatible for women?

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

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