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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 Reta, what are women still dismissed and excluded from?
(a) Accolades and compensation.
(b) Freedom of expression.
(c) Primary entitlements.
(d) Economic advancement.

2. What is the subject of the new book Tom is reading?
(a) Trilobites.
(b) Fungi.
(c) Plankton.
(d) Mites.

3. What American event are Tom and the girls presently fixated on as they watch the news?
(a) The Kentucky Derby.
(b) The Indy 500.
(c) The presidential election.
(d) The State of the Union address.

4. During dinner, after Reta and Tom have finished their work, where do Reta's thoughts turn to besides Norah?
(a) The two main characters in her novel.
(b) The bad news on television.
(c) The upcoming holidays.
(d) The wedding of her friend, Danielle.

5. What do Tom and the girls see as a contradiction about the American event they are fixated on?
(a) They see the Indy 500 as a contradiction to public concern for safety.
(b) They see the Kentucky Derby as a contradiction to government regulation of gambling.
(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. How does Reta describe her sexual relationship with Tom?

2. What troubles Norah when she comes home one weekend her second year at university?

3. What kind of world is Reta interested in creating for her characters?

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

5. What does Reta do in lieu of attending the funeral for the person at Scribano & Lawrence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the response of the Winters' family to seeing the hostel where Norah stays and its significance.

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

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

8. When does Reta's mind begin to wander and what does she think of during dinner with Tom's physicist friend, Colin Glass?

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

10. 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?

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