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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 is the name of the place Reta meets her friends on Tuesdays?
(a) Red Blossom Room.
(b) Green Blossom Room.
(c) Yellow Blossom Room.
(d) Orange Blossom Room.
2. 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 women writers are not as skilled as male writers.
(c) That women writers are only concerned with feelings.
(d) That male writers are better at writing about feelings.
3. What assessment does Helt have of Reta's first novel?
(a) That it was quickly written and a light read.
(b) That it was laborious and difficult to understand.
(c) That it was entertaining but poorly written.
(d) That it was well-written and complex.
4. Why does Arthur state that he thinks of the final chapter as the "kiln?"
(a) Because the heat of the fire is akin to the power of the ending.
(b) Because the labor of creation is the same in writing as in art.
(c) Because the clay is as malleable as a reader's interpretation.
(d) Because the clay is malleable and the ending will harden into something beautiful.
5. Who tells Reta and Tom that "Vagrancy can be thoughtful or careless; she has chosen the latter"?
(a) Norah's professor.
(b) Danielle Westerman.
(c) Ben Abbot.
(d) A psychiatrist.
Short Answer Questions
1. In her letter to Ford-Halpern, how does Reta think other daughters can be protected from Norah's fate?
2. In her review of a female author, Helt states that all relationships are seen through the lens of what?
3. Why does Lois knock on the door to investigate when Arthur is in the house by himself?
4. What is the short story writer's name who Reta writes a letter to?
5. What is the name of the hospital that Norah is in?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the staff's response at the hostel regarding Norah's gloves indicate her invisibility as a street person?
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. What issue does Reta take with Emily Helt's book review in the Chicago Tribune?
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. 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?
7. According to Reta, why is goodness not a guaranteed virtue?
8. What is Lois's true opinion of what happened to Norah that she is afraid to express?
9. Why does Reta call Dennis Ford-Halpern's omission of women in his book "The Goodness Gap" a "moral dilemma in itself"?
10. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?
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