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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 suddenly dies at Scribano & Lawrence?
(a) Mr. Scribano.
(b) Mrs. Scribano.
(c) Mr. Lawrence.
(d) Mrs. Lawrence.

2. What is the name of Reta's friend, a medical journalist who lives in Newfoundland?
(a) Edith Ackman.
(b) Emily Alister.
(c) Esther Alford.
(d) Emma Allen.

3. Why does Norah enroll at the University of Toronto?
(a) To get away from her family.
(b) To live with her boyfriend.
(c) To be closer to her family.
(d) To get away from her boyfriend.

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

5. Why does Arthur Springer from Scribano & Lawrence call Reta to introduce himself?
(a) To discuss the terms of her new contract.
(b) To ask if her novel is near completion.
(c) To tell her they will no longer represent her.
(d) To inform her that he is her new editor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Reta discover behind the furnace that belonged to the previous owners?

2. During dinner, after Reta and Tom have finished their work, where do Reta's thoughts turn to besides Norah?

3. Why does Natalie thank Reta on Christine's birthday in October?

4. What is the subject of the new book Tom is reading?

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

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

3. What are some concerns Reta has in creating her fictional character Alicia, and how are they significant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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