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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. How does Reta approach Norah when she visits her in early November?
(a) Angrily, as Reta is upset by Norah's behavior.
(b) Indifferently, as Reta no longer cares about Norah's panhandling.
(c) Carefully, as Reta does not want to appear threatening.
(d) Joyfully, as Reta is so happy to see Norah.
2. What is the name of the hostel Reta writes a check to each month?
(a) Promise Hostel.
(b) Passage Hostel.
(c) Pillars Hostel.
(d) Peace Hostel.
3. What exercise does Reta find repellent?
(a) Vacuuming her house.
(b) Researching her novel.
(c) Writing her book.
(d) Counting her blessings.
4. In what point of view is Reta considering writing her novel?
(a) Third-person limited point of view.
(b) Third-person omniscient point of view.
(c) First-person point of view.
(d) Second-person point of view.
5. Why does Reta decide not to attend the funeral for the person at Scribano & Lawrence?
(a) Because Reta does not know the person who died very well.
(b) Because Reta is going to see Norah instead.
(c) Because Reta thinks the person who died was not good.
(d) Because Reta cannot handle more grief.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the name of the university Norah is accepted to in 1998?
2. What is delivered to the house that is emblematic of life going on in the Winters' household?
3. What does Tom's friend, Colin Glass, try to explain to Norah when he comes over for dinner?
4. How does Reta explain Norah's strange behavior to Christine and Natalie?
5. What draft does Arthur ask Reta to send him?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. How are Reta's feelings about sex related to her writing about Alicia and Roman?
4. What attempt does Reta make to bribe her daughter Norah to come home when she visits her on her street corner and how successful is she?
5. What are Reta's feelings about Tom and their sexual relationship?
6. What does Reta do each month that indicates her attempt to live up to an idea of "goodness?"
7. Why does Danielle believe that Norah has embraced her powerlessness in society by living as a homeless person?
8. How do Natalie and Christine attempt to give the impression that Norah's absence is part of a normal routine?
9. Why does Arthur love Alicia as a character and why is it significant?
10. Why does Reta feel that normalcy is "monstrous?"
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