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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 does Reta reveal about the first time she met Tom?
(a) They disliked each other the first time they met.
(b) She was seeing another man when they met.
(c) He was seeing another woman when they met.
(d) They were intimate the first time they met.

2. What is the name of the hostel Reta writes a check to each month?
(a) Passage Hostel.
(b) Promise Hostel.
(c) Pillars Hostel.
(d) Peace Hostel.

3. What is undrinkable according to Colin?
(a) Red wine.
(b) Tom's lemonade.
(c) Reta's coffee.
(d) Green tea.

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

5. What rationale does Reta offer about Norah's strange behavior in her letter to Valkner?
(a) It is Norah's attempt to be special and above everyone else.
(b) It is Norah's way of getting back at Reta for not being there for her.
(c) It is Norah's excuse not to finish school and get her degree.
(d) It is Norah's deliberate effort to extiguish herself and be a nothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reta include "The Hermitage" in her signature at the end of her letter of complaint about "Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World"?

2. What word does Norah have written on the cardboard sign on her chest?

3. Why does Reta protest sending Arthur a draft?

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

5. Who does Reta meet for lunch after a radio interview in Baltimore?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Ben, how has Norah changed in the few weeks prior to her disappearance?

3. When does Reta's mind begin to wander and what does she think of during dinner with Tom's physicist friend, Colin Glass?

4. What is Reta's complaint in her letter to the editor of a literary magazine regarding one of its advertising pages?

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. 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?

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

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