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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 lost her own son to a heroin overdose?
2. What date does Arthur Springer agree to meet with Reta in 2001?
(a) January 4th.
(b) January 19th.
(c) January 30th.
(d) January 2nd.
3. When Reta leaves Arthur in the house by himself to go to the hospital, what does he do?
(a) Watches television and drinks wine.
(b) Reads a book and has coffee.
(c) Sleeps on the couch.
(d) Cleans the kitchen.
4. What is the short story writer's name who Reta writes a letter to?
(a) Renee Simon.
(b) Russell Sandor.
(c) Richard Smiley.
(d) Robert Spiller.
5. Why does Reta have difficulty carrying on a conversation with Arthur when he comes o her home for the first time?
(a) Because she is preoccupied.
(b) Because she doesn't understand him.
(c) Because he asks too many questions.
(d) Because he never stops speaking.
Short Answer Questions
1. What month does Reta finally meet Arthur Springer for the first time at her home?
2. What does Reta call the "worry word" of life?
3. Why do Christine and Natalie think something terrible must have happened to Norah?
4. In what month does Reta write her letter to Ford-Halpern?
5. What does Tom think Norah might be suffering from?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Lois's true opinion of what happened to Norah that she is afraid to express?
2. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists that cause Tom to forget his trilobites and research stress and trauma?
3. What issue does Reta take with Emily Helt's book review in the Chicago Tribune?
4. Why does Reta sign her letter to Dennis Ford-Halpern, "Yours, Rita Orange d'Ville"?
5. What is Reta's impression of Arthur Springer when she finally meets him at her home in January and how do they get into a heated discussion?
6. What does Reta and Tom's walk in Orangetown cemetery represent?
7. How does Arthur feel about Roman, the other main character in Reta's novel?
8. 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?
9. Describe Reta and Lois's relationship.
10. As Reta and Arthur have their heated discussion, what three things happen that interrupt them that provide comic relief to the serious conversation?
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