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

2. Why does Natalie thank Reta on Christine's birthday in October?
(a) For throwing a party for Christine.
(b) For not naming her Ophelia.
(c) For being a great mom.
(d) For taking them to dinner.

3. What troubles Norah when she comes home one weekend her second year at university?
(a) Norah is anxious about her decision to live with her boyfriend.
(b) Norah is afraid that she will disappoint her parents by failing school.
(c) Norah is upset that she cannot spend more time with her sisters.
(d) Norah is disturbed by the sense that she cannot love anyone enough.

4. Why is Colin's marriage to Marietta troubled?
(a) Because Marietta has suddenly left Colin.
(b) Because Colin is unfaithful.
(c) Because Colin has suddenly left Marietta.
(d) Because Marietta is unfaithful.

5. How does Reta explain Norah's strange behavior to Christine and Natalie?
(a) Reta tells them Norah is living a life of sacrifice and good will.
(b) Reta tells them Norah is living a life devoted to God.
(c) Reta tells them Norah is living a life in pursuit of goodness.
(d) Reta tells them Norah is living a life in pursuit of beauty.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reta write a letter of complaint to an editor of a literary magazine about a series of books called "Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World"?

2. 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"?

3. Why does Reta decide not to attend the funeral for the person at Scribano & Lawrence?

4. Why does Arthur ask Reta to send him a draft?

5. What do Reta, Tom, Christine, and Natalie do in the car in Toronto?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Describe life in the Winters' household.

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

8. Why do Reta and her writer friends at the Orange Blossom Room conclude that the concepts of goodness and greatness are incompatible for women?

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

10. 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?

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