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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 she thinks it is terrible.
(b) Because it is only in her mind.
(c) Because she wants to work with another editor.
(d) Because she lost it on the computer.

2. How does Reta approach Norah when she visits her in early November?
(a) Joyfully, as Reta is so happy to see Norah.
(b) Carefully, as Reta does not want to appear threatening.
(c) Angrily, as Reta is upset by Norah's behavior.
(d) Indifferently, as Reta no longer cares about Norah's panhandling.

3. What is the name of the book Reta picks up at Orangetown Library?
(a) The Loss of Love.
(b) The Forgiving Fall.
(c) The Goodness Gap.
(d) The Virtue of Victory.

4. Why does Arthur ask Reta to send him a draft?
(a) So that he can share it with his colleagues.
(b) So that he can make sure she is doing a good job.
(c) So that he can help her in the writing of it.
(d) So that he can correct her grammar.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Reta bring Norah on the way to her appointment to have her eyebrows tinted?

2. What do Tom and the girls see as a contradiction about the American event they are fixated on?

3. What draft does Arthur ask Reta to send him?

4. What days does Reta drive to Toronto to see Norah?

5. What is the signal Reta gives to Lois for her to come over for her nightly meal with the family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Reta and Tom consult a psychiatrist about Norah, what does he tell them and how do they respond?

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

4. 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.

5. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?

6. 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.

7. How are Reta's feelings about sex related to her writing about Alicia and Roman?

8. Why does Reta feel that Arthur's suggestion to focus on Roman instead of Alicia is an egregious one?

9. Why does Reta feel that normalcy is "monstrous?"

10. What is Reta's impression of Arthur Springer when she finally meets him at her home in January and how do they get into a heated discussion?

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