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

2. What is delivered to the house that is emblematic of life going on in the Winters' household?
(a) Mulch.
(b) Flowers.
(c) Plants.
(d) Books.

3. What sport have Christine and Natalie given up playing on Saturdays to spend the day with Norah?
(a) Soccer.
(b) Tennis.
(c) Raquetball.
(d) Volleyball.

4. What praise does Reta give Alexander Valkner about his article "The History of Dictionaries"?
(a) Reta praises his research method.
(b) Reta praises his broad approach.
(c) Reta praises his personal narrative style.
(d) Reta praises his intellectual rigor.

5. According to Reta's writer friends at the Orange Blossom Room, why are women excluded from real life?
(a) Because men view women as incapable of rational thought.
(b) Because men view women as superior to everyday concerns.
(c) Because men view women as more capable and superior.
(d) Because men view women as lacking moral authority and capability.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Reta reveal about the first time she met Tom?

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

3. What is the idea Reta shrinks from when it comes to writing her book?

4. What constant preoccupation does Reta think is not a normal activity for anyone BUT writers?

5. 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"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Reta do each month that indicates her attempt to live up to an idea of "goodness?"

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. Describe Reta Winter's thoughts and feelings as the novel opens.

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

10. Why is Reta reluctant to give Arthur Springer a first draft of her novel, and what does it reveal about her writing?

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