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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. What is the name of the university Norah is accepted to in 1998?
(a) McGill University.
(b) University of Victoria.
(c) King's College.
(d) St. Mary's University.

2. What draft does Arthur ask Reta to send him?
(a) The first draft of her new novel.
(b) The final draft of her next novel.
(c) The final draft of her new novel.
(d) The first draft of her next novel.

3. What does Reta discuss with the person she visits after her encounter with Norah in early November?
(a) Literary matters.
(b) Feminist intellectuals.
(c) Children of war.
(d) Marriage and divorce.

4. What constant preoccupation does Reta think is not a normal activity for anyone BUT writers?
(a) The constant preoccupation with recreating the past.
(b) The constant preoccupation with a world that exists in the imagination.
(c) The constant preoccupation with real life and death concerns.
(d) The constant preoccupation with the self.

5. Why does Reta write a check to the hostel each month?
(a) Because it is where Norah sleeps every night.
(b) Because it is run for homeless women with children.
(c) Because it is run for battered women.
(d) Because it is where Norah works during the day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is undrinkable according to Colin?

2. How does Reta describe her sexual relationship with Tom?

3. What is the first subject Reta and her writer friends discuss at the Orange Blossom Room?

4. What problem does Reta initially attribute Norah's disappearance to when she first goes missing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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"?

4. How does Reta respond to the death of Mr. Scribano and how is it significant?

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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