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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 Norah ask Reta about their family when she is nine years-old?
(a) Norah asks Reta whether or not her parents are married.
(b) Norah asks Reta whether or not she is adopted.
(c) Norah asks Reta whether or not they are from Canada.
(d) Norah asks Reta whether or not her parents are Catholic.

2. What two languages are spoken during Reta's childhood?
(a) English and German.
(b) French and Spanish.
(c) English and Spanish.
(d) English and French.

3. What kind of woman does Reta realize she cannot create for a heroine in her novel?
(a) An imperfect woman.
(b) A trustworthy woman.
(c) An evil woman.
(d) A perfect woman.

4. According to Reta, what are women still dismissed and excluded from?
(a) Economic advancement.
(b) Freedom of expression.
(c) Accolades and compensation.
(d) Primary entitlements.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reta cry as she writes the check for the hostel each month?

2. What prize did Reta's novel, "My Thyme is Up," win the previous year?

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

4. What does Norah accidentally find in the pocket of Christine's winter parka?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Norah's thoughts about the two main characters in her novel, and why they are significant.

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

3. What are Reta's feelings about Tom and their sexual relationship?

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

5. Describe Reta's peculiar behavior when she visits Norah in early November.

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

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

8. Why does Reta realize that she cannot create a perfect woman as a hero in her novel?

9. What does Reta's husband Tom do for a living and how is it significant concerning Norah's absence?

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

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