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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. In the story, who does Reta think the Czech professor must hate?
(a) The writer.
(b) Women.
(c) The reader.
(d) Himself.

2. Whose wedding is Reta worried about?
(a) Norah and Ben's.
(b) Reta and Tom's.
(c) Alicia and Roman's.
(d) Marietta and Colin's.

3. According to the friend who advised Reta as a young writer, what do obituaries contain?
(a) The dough of life.
(b) The putty of life.
(c) The soil of life.
(d) The seeds of life.

4. Why does Arthur tell Reta the day after Christmas that it is urgent that she come to New York?
(a) Because he wants her to give a reading at a major bookstore.
(b) Because he wants to meet before he leaves the country.
(c) Because he wants her to sign a six figure book deal.
(d) Because he wants to have a conference before she finishes the first draft.

5. What does Arthur consider the last chapter in Reta's novel to be?
(a) The most important.
(b) The best.
(c) The worst.
(d) The least important.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Arthur tell Reta the day after Christmas that he has been up all night?

2. In her letter about the obituary in the Globe and Mail, what does Reta state she has missed out on?

3. Who works as a trombonist?

4. When Reta leaves Arthur in the house by himself to go to the hospital, what does he do?

5. What does Reta find "ugly, vast, and arresting" as she and Tom walk in the cemetery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What rationale does Reta offer about the importance of novels despite moral injustice in the world?

2. What is Reta's central point in her letter to Helt?

3. How does Arthur feel about Roman, the other main character in Reta's novel?

4. Why does Arthur Springer call one day after Christmas and what is Reta's response?

5. As Reta and Arthur have their heated discussion, what three things happen that interrupt them that provide comic relief to the serious conversation?

6. When Reta and Tom consult a psychiatrist about Norah, what does he tell them and how do they respond?

7. According to Reta, why is goodness not a guaranteed virtue?

8. How does Emma, Reta's journalist friend, try to comfort her and how is it significant?

9. Why does Reta call Dennis Ford-Halpern's omission of women in his book "The Goodness Gap" a "moral dilemma in itself"?

10. Why does Reta sign her letter to Dennis Ford-Halpern, "Yours, Rita Orange d'Ville"?

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