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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 newspaper does Emily Helt write for?
(a) The Washington Post.
(b) The New York Times.
(c) The Chicago Tribune.
(d) The Los Angeles Times.

2. What does Tom tell Reta on the phone that Norah has which has caused her to be hospitalized?
(a) Depression.
(b) Diabetes.
(c) Pneumonia.
(d) Cancer.

3. In her letter about the obituary in the Globe and Mail, what does Reta state she has missed out on?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Some indefinable something.
(c) Something definable.
(d) Everything.

4. What date does Arthur Springer agree to meet with Reta in 2001?
(a) January 30th.
(b) January 2nd.
(c) January 19th.
(d) January 4th.

5. According to Lois, what year did her husband die?
(a) 1988.
(b) 1968.
(c) 1978.
(d) 1998.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reta have difficulty carrying on a conversation with Arthur when he comes o her home for the first time?

2. Whose obituary does Reta read in the Globe and Mail?

3. In what month does Reta write her letter to Ford-Halpern?

4. Why has Danielle deleted her early life and reinvented herself?

5. Why is Reta alarmed by the sight of Norah's hands?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?

2. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. According to Reta, what is the "worry word" of life and why is it significant?

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

10. According to Gemma Walsh, Reta's friend who has been appointed Chair of Theology, the Christian faith is balance on the words "already" and "not yet." Why does Reta find this significant?

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