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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 sport have Christine and Natalie given up playing on Saturdays to spend the day with Norah?
(a) Tennis.
(b) Soccer.
(c) Raquetball.
(d) Volleyball.

2. What two actual events do Reta's writer friends also discuss at the Orange Blossom Room?
(a) The self-immolation of a Muslim man in China; the poaching of ivory in North Africa.
(b) The military coup in Mozambique; the cost of child care in Toronto.
(c) The recent Canadian election; the war in Afghanistan.
(d) The woman in Mozambique who gave birth in a tree; the self-immolation of a Muslim woman in Nathan Philips Square.

3. What word does Norah have written on the cardboard sign on her chest?
(a) Peace.
(b) Goodness.
(c) Love.
(d) Happiness.

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

5. What praise does Reta give Alexander Valkner about his article "The History of Dictionaries"?
(a) Reta praises his research method.
(b) Reta praises his broad approach.
(c) Reta praises his personal narrative style.
(d) Reta praises his intellectual rigor.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Reta, what is NOT a romance with impossibly beautiful people?

2. Why does Arthur Springer from Scribano & Lawrence call Reta to introduce himself?

3. Why does Natalie thank Reta on Christine's birthday in October?

4. What present does Reta get for Norah's seventeenth birthday while on a book tour in D.C.?

5. What task do Reta and Tom engage in after the package is delivered to the Winters' home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What rationale does Reta offer about the importance of novels despite moral injustice in the world?

5. Why does Danielle believe that Norah has embraced her powerlessness in society by living as a homeless person?

6. Why does Arthur Springer call one day after Christmas and what is Reta's response?

7. What does Reta do each month that indicates her attempt to live up to an idea of "goodness?"

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. 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.

10. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists that cause Tom to forget his trilobites and research stress and trauma?

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