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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 delivered to the house that is emblematic of life going on in the Winters' household?
2. What exercise does Reta find repellent?
(a) Writing her book.
(b) Counting her blessings.
(c) Vacuuming her house.
(d) Researching her novel.
3. How does Reta approach Norah when she visits her in early November?
(a) Indifferently, as Reta no longer cares about Norah's panhandling.
(b) Carefully, as Reta does not want to appear threatening.
(c) Angrily, as Reta is upset by Norah's behavior.
(d) Joyfully, as Reta is so happy to see Norah.
4. What do Tom and the girls see as a contradiction about the American event they are fixated on?
(a) They see the Kentucky Derby as a contradiction to government regulation of gambling.
(b) They see the election results in Florida as a contradiction to the checks and balances system in the constitution.
(c) They see the Indy 500 as a contradiction to public concern for safety.
(d) They see the presidential speech as a contradiction to the realities of the Iraq war.
5. What is the signal Reta gives to Lois for her to come over for her nightly meal with the family?
(a) Reta shuts the red kitchen curtains.
(b) Reta opens the patio door.
(c) Reta shuts the patio door.
(d) Reta opens the red kitchen curtains.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Reta, what is NOT a romance with impossibly beautiful people?
2. What does Reta discover behind the furnace that belonged to the previous owners?
3. What does Reta bring Norah on the way to her appointment to have her eyebrows tinted?
4. What prize did Reta's novel, "My Thyme is Up," win the previous year?
5. Why does Arthur ask Reta to send him a draft?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Reta do each month that indicates her attempt to live up to an idea of "goodness?"
2. Why is Reta reluctant to give Arthur Springer a first draft of her novel, and what does it reveal about her writing?
3. Describe Norah's thoughts about the two main characters in her novel, and why they are significant.
4. Why does Reta initially think Norah's problems may have stemmed from her relationship with Ben Abbot?
5. Why does Reta realize that she cannot create a perfect woman as a hero in her novel?
6. Describe Reta's peculiar behavior when she visits Norah in early November.
7. How do Natalie and Christine attempt to give the impression that Norah's absence is part of a normal routine?
8. What are Reta's feelings about Tom and their sexual relationship?
9. 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"?
10. When does Reta's mind begin to wander and what does she think of during dinner with Tom's physicist friend, Colin Glass?
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