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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. In what month does Reta write her letter to Ford-Halpern?
2. Why do Christine and Natalie think something terrible must have happened to Norah?
(a) Because Norah has made such a drastic change in her life.
(b) Because they heard something terrible may have happened to Norah.
(c) Because Norah told them something terrible happened.
(d) Because they witnessed something terrible happening to Norah.
3. What has been able to distract Reta from grieving for Norah?
(a) Her friends.
(b) Her novel.
(c) Her family.
(d) Her house.
4. How does Reta sign her letter about the obituary in the Globe and Mail?
(a) I no longer mourn for you. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
(b) I forgive you too. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
(c) I grieve for you too. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
(d) I will not forgive you. Rita Hayworth Orange Blossom City.
5. What does Tom think Norah might be suffering from?
(a) Post-traumatic stress syndrome.
(b) Bipolar disorder.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Tracy Halliday want a huge jar of marbles to represent for Norah?
2. Why does Lois knock on the door to investigate when Arthur is in the house by himself?
3. In January, what has Reta left in limbo since her last conversation with Arthur Springer?
4. According to the friend who advised Reta as a young writer, what do obituaries contain?
5. In the cemetery, what is the inscription beneath Mary Leland's name on her headstone?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists that cause Tom to forget his trilobites and research stress and trauma?
2. At the end of the novel, what do we learn about the reason for Norah's disappearance and subsequent homelessness?
3. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?
4. Why does Reta sign her letter to Dennis Ford-Halpern, "Yours, Rita Orange d'Ville"?
5. According to Reta, why is goodness not a guaranteed virtue?
6. Describe Reta and Lois's relationship.
7. What is Reta's central point in her letter to Helt?
8. What rationale does Reta offer about the importance of novels despite moral injustice in the world?
9. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?
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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