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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 Reta think most people would assume about the inscription on Mary Leland's headstone?
(a) That the inscription is apt.
(b) That Mary's life was hard.
(c) That Mary would be proud.
(d) That the stone mason made a mistake.

2. What has been able to distract Reta from grieving for Norah?
(a) Her novel.
(b) Her family.
(c) Her house.
(d) Her friends.

3. What is Helt's central thesis in her review of a female author?
(a) That male writers are not as skilled as women writers.
(b) That male writers are better at writing about feelings.
(c) That women writers are only concerned with feelings.
(d) That women writers are not as skilled as male writers.

4. Who tells Reta and Tom that "Vagrancy can be thoughtful or careless; she has chosen the latter"?
(a) A psychiatrist.
(b) Norah's professor.
(c) Danielle Westerman.
(d) Ben Abbot.

5. In January, what has Reta left in limbo since her last conversation with Arthur Springer?
(a) Translating Danielle's book.
(b) Visiting Norah.
(c) Writing her novel.
(d) Talking to Danielle.

Short Answer Questions

1. What date does Arthur Springer agree to meet with Reta in 2001?

2. According to Arthur, Roman is an ___________ and ___________ character.

3. Who has been appointed to a university Chair in Theology?

4. Who is Dennis Ford-Halpern?

5. In the short story that Reta writes her letter about, what does the Czech professor see in the medical supply shop that disgusts him?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of the novel, what do we learn about the reason for Norah's disappearance and subsequent homelessness?

2. Why does Reta feel that Arthur's suggestion to focus on Roman instead of Alicia is an egregious one?

3. Why don't the Winters' want to discuss the fact that Norah probably gave her Christmas package away?

4. What does Reta and Tom's walk in Orangetown cemetery represent?

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

6. How does the staff's response at the hostel regarding Norah's gloves indicate her invisibility as a street person?

7. In her letter to Russell Sandor, Reta states that she fears nothing. Why does she feel this way and how does she prove it in her letter?

8. What issue does Reta take with Emily Helt's book review in the Chicago Tribune?

9. Why does an older friend of Reta's advise her to read obituaries as a young writer?

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

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