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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 Reta's new novel?
(a) Thyme to Forgive.
(b) Thyme is Timeless.
(c) Thyme in Bloom.
(d) Thyme in Mind.

2. Who does Reta go see after her encounter with Norah in early November?
(a) Mr. Scribano.
(b) Danielle Westerman.
(c) Emma Allen.
(d) Alexander Valkner.

3. According to Reta, what is the most important aspect in her life?
(a) Her children.
(b) Her writing career.
(c) Her home.
(d) Her husband.

4. During dinner, after Reta and Tom have finished their work, where do Reta's thoughts turn to besides Norah?
(a) The bad news on television.
(b) The two main characters in her novel.
(c) The wedding of her friend, Danielle.
(d) The upcoming holidays.

5. What present does Reta get for Norah's seventeenth birthday while on a book tour in D.C.?
(a) A necklace.
(b) A scarf.
(c) A sweater.
(d) A purse.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sport have Christine and Natalie given up playing on Saturdays to spend the day with Norah?

2. Why does Reta also chide Valkner about his article "The History of Dictionaries"?

3. What exercise does Reta find repellent?

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

5. What is the name of Reta's friend, a medical journalist who lives in Newfoundland?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. Describe life in the Winters' household.

3. 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?

4. Why does Reta initially think Norah's problems may have stemmed from her relationship with Ben Abbot?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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