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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 Reta think most people would assume about the inscription on Mary Leland's headstone?
(a) That Mary's life was hard.
(b) That Mary would be proud.
(c) That the stone mason made a mistake.
(d) That the inscription is apt.

2. When Reta leaves Arthur in the house by himself to go to the hospital, what does he do?
(a) Cleans the kitchen.
(b) Reads a book and has coffee.
(c) Watches television and drinks wine.
(d) Sleeps on the couch.

3. In Reta's letter to Ford-Halpern, what is "an endless series of obstacles, an alignment of locked doors"?
(a) Danielle's obstacles.
(b) Reta's mind.
(c) Norah's world.
(d) Emma's loss.

4. What do the Winters believe Norah will do with the package Christine and Natalie give her?
(a) Throw everything away instead of using it.
(b) Save the package but refuse to open it.
(c) Give some of the items to other homeless people.
(d) Give everything away to other homeless people.

5. Why does Arthur state that he thinks of the final chapter as the "kiln?"
(a) Because the clay is as malleable as a reader's interpretation.
(b) Because the clay is malleable and the ending will harden into something beautiful.
(c) Because the heat of the fire is akin to the power of the ending.
(d) Because the labor of creation is the same in writing as in art.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Reta think of Helt's assessment of her first novel?

2. What is the short story writer's name who Reta writes a letter to?

3. What does Natalie remind her family about how long Norah has been wearing her garden gloves?

4. What is Norah doing when Reta first sees her in the hospital?

5. What anomaly does Lois tell Arthur she sees on the oak tree outside her window?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of the novel, what do we learn about the reason for Norah's disappearance and subsequent homelessness?

2. 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?

3. What is Reta's central point in her letter to Helt?

4. Why does Reta sign her letter to Dennis Ford-Halpern, "Yours, Rita Orange d'Ville"?

5. How does Emma, Reta's journalist friend, try to comfort her and how is it significant?

6. Why does Reta call Dennis Ford-Halpern's omission of women in his book "The Goodness Gap" a "moral dilemma in itself"?

7. Why does Arthur Springer call one day after Christmas and what is Reta's response?

8. Why is Lois's conversation with Arthur when she comes over to investigate about dinner significant?

9. What is Lois's true opinion of what happened to Norah that she is afraid to express?

10. How does Arthur feel about Roman, the other main character in Reta's novel?

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