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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. According to Lois, what year did her husband die?
2. What date does Arthur Springer agree to meet with Reta in 2001?
(a) January 4th.
(b) January 19th.
(c) January 2nd.
(d) January 30th.
3. Why does Arthur tell Reta the day after Christmas that he has been up all night?
(a) Because he has not received her book.
(b) Because her book needs a lot of work.
(c) Because he is concerned Reta will miss a deadline.
(d) Because he has been thinking about Alicia.
4. Whose obituary does Reta read in the Globe and Mail?
(a) Peter Harding.
(b) Pam Horton.
(c) Paul Hillsdale.
(d) Paula Hemingway.
5. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists?
(a) Scabs and tattoos.
(b) Scratches and bruises.
(c) Bandaids and gauze.
(d) Scabs and red sores.
Short Answer Questions
1. What items are NOT in the package Christine and Natalie bring Norah after Christmas break?
2. What anomaly does Lois tell Arthur she sees on the oak tree outside her window?
3. Why does Reta have difficulty carrying on a conversation with Arthur when he comes o her home for the first time?
4. After Reta discovers Norah's wrists, what does Tom leave for Norah when he sees her in Toronto?
5. According to Reta, what is the most egregious change Arthur suggests she make in her novel?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Reta feel that Arthur's suggestion to focus on Roman instead of Alicia is an egregious one?
2. 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?
3. How does Emma, Reta's journalist friend, try to comfort her and how is it significant?
4. According to Reta, why is goodness not a guaranteed virtue?
5. Why does an older friend of Reta's advise her to read obituaries as a young writer?
6. Why is Lois's conversation with Arthur when she comes over to investigate about dinner significant?
7. How does Arthur feel about Roman, the other main character in Reta's novel?
8. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?
9. Why don't the Winters' want to discuss the fact that Norah probably gave her Christmas package away?
10. Describe Reta and Lois's relationship.
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