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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. Arthur tells Reta the day after Christmas that he has read all the reviews for what book?
(a) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World.
(b) My Thyme is Up.
(c) The Goodness Gap.
(d) Thyme in Bloom.
2. What items are NOT in the package Christine and Natalie bring Norah after Christmas break?
(a) A tracksuit and soap.
(b) A thermos and gloves.
(c) A brush and comb.
(d) Fruit and chocolate.
3. Why has Danielle deleted her early life and reinvented herself?
(a) Because her early life is too painful and she wants to forget everything.
(b) Because she suffered from an accident and has trouble remembering.
(c) Because she thinks it is important for feminists to assume new identities.
(d) Because she feels the past must be forgotten in order to move forward.
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 her to sign a six figure book deal.
(c) Because he wants to meet before he leaves the country.
(d) Because he wants to have a conference before she finishes the first draft.
5. What is Norah doing when Reta first sees her in the hospital?
Short Answer Questions
1. What newspaper does Emily Helt write for?
2. In the story, who does Reta think the Czech professor must hate?
3. What does Norah use to try and put out the flames from the woman's fire?
4. What does Francis Quinn tell Reta and Tom about the gloves Norah has been wearing?
5. When Reta leaves Arthur in the house by himself to go to the hospital, what does he do?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Reta, what is the "worry word" of life and why is it significant?
2. How does Emma, Reta's journalist friend, try to comfort her and how is it significant?
3. 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?
4. What issue does Reta take with Emily Helt's book review in the Chicago Tribune?
5. 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?
6. In her letter about the death of Peter Harding, how does Reta compare herself to Norah?
7. What rationale does Reta offer about the importance of novels despite moral injustice in the world?
8. What does Reta and Tom's walk in Orangetown cemetery represent?
9. At the end of the novel, what do we learn about the reason for Norah's disappearance and subsequent homelessness?
10. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?
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