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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. Why does Reta protest sending Arthur a draft?
(a) Because it is only in her mind.
(b) Because she wants to work with another editor.
(c) Because she thinks it is terrible.
(d) Because she lost it on the computer.

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

3. Why does Natalie thank Reta on Christine's birthday in October?
(a) For not naming her Ophelia.
(b) For taking them to dinner.
(c) For throwing a party for Christine.
(d) For being a great mom.

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

5. What kind of world is Reta interested in creating for her characters?
(a) A fictional but unbelievable world.
(b) A fictional but believable world.
(c) A nonfictional but believable world.
(d) A nonfictional but unbelievable world.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Reta want to demonstrate when she and Tom visit Ben after Norah's sudden disappearance?

2. According to Arthur, who possesses "profound human goodness"?

3. What two languages are spoken during Reta's childhood?

4. What does Reta discover behind the furnace that belonged to the previous owners?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe life in the Winters' household.

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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