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

2. What do Reta, Tom, Christine, and Natalie do in the car in Toronto?
(a) They stare out the windshield and cry.
(b) They share memories of Norah and laugh.
(c) They ponder the future and laugh.
(d) They talk about their feelings and cry.

3. What task do Reta and Tom engage in after the package is delivered to the Winters' home?
(a) Reading.
(b) Carpentry.
(c) Cleaning.
(d) Gardening.

4. What do the Winters do when they discover where Norah sleeps at night?
(a) They go to church to pray.
(b) They try to rescue Norah.
(c) They drive aimlessly throughout the city.
(d) They tour the hostel.

5. In what point of view is Reta considering writing her novel?
(a) Third-person omniscient point of view.
(b) First-person point of view.
(c) Third-person limited point of view.
(d) Second-person point of view.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the few weeks prior to her disappearance, who does Ben think Norah might have a problem with that would account for her uncharacteristic behavior?

2. What does Reta do in lieu of attending the funeral for the person at Scribano & Lawrence?

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

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

5. What American event are Tom and the girls presently fixated on as they watch the news?

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. 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"?

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

4. Describe life in the Winters' household.

5. 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?

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

7. Why does Reta wake up with anxiety about cleaning her house?

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

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

10. 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.

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