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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 does Arthur consider the last chapter in Reta's novel to be?
(a) The least important.
(b) The worst.
(c) The most important.
(d) The best.
2. Who does Arthur frighten when he accidentally knocks over the object at Reta's house?
3. Who tells Reta and Tom that "Vagrancy can be thoughtful or careless; she has chosen the latter"?
(a) Norah's professor.
(b) Ben Abbot.
(c) Danielle Westerman.
(d) A psychiatrist.
4. What does Reta mention in her letter about the obituary that she wants from the universe?
5. Why does Reta think that novel writing is perhaps a pointless exercise?
(a) Because there are fewer readers interested in them.
(b) Because she is afraid that she lacks talent to continue.
(c) Because there is so much moral injustice in the world.
(d) Because it has not helped her heal from Norah's absence.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists?
2. What is the name of the third novel in Reta's trilogy?
3. What question about Norah does Lois Winters ask every night at dinner?
4. What does Tom tell Reta on the phone that Norah has which has caused her to be hospitalized?
5. Who is elected Prime Minister again?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Lois's conversation with Arthur when she comes over to investigate about dinner significant?
2. What is Reta's central point in her letter to Helt?
3. At the end of the novel, what do we learn about the reason for Norah's disappearance and subsequent homelessness?
4. 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?
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. Why does Reta call Dennis Ford-Halpern's omission of women in his book "The Goodness Gap" a "moral dilemma in itself"?
7. At the hospital, what does Natalie reveal about the injuries to Norah's hands?
8. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?
9. According to Reta, why is goodness not a guaranteed virtue?
10. Why does an older friend of Reta's advise her to read obituaries as a young writer?
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