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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 list does Lois have arranged in alphabetical order in her recipe box?
(a) A list of one hundred dinners.
(b) A list of one hundred desserts.
(c) A list of one hundred breakfasts.
(d) A list of one hundred lunches.

2. According to Arthur, Roman is an ___________ and ___________ character.
(a) Intelligent; interesting.
(b) Indescribable; complex.
(c) Indifferent; dull.
(d) Interesting; smart.

3. What newspaper does Emily Helt write for?
(a) The Washington Post.
(b) The New York Times.
(c) The Chicago Tribune.
(d) The Los Angeles Times.

4. What does Reta remember about Tom's childhood as they walk in the cemetery?
(a) She remembers that his mother was a terrible housekeeper.
(b) She remembers that Tom ran away from home.
(c) She remembers that his family lost their fortune.
(d) She remembers that his father was in the army.

5. Why does Arthur state that he thinks of the final chapter as the "kiln?"
(a) Because the clay is malleable and the ending will harden into something beautiful.
(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 heat of the fire is akin to the power of the ending.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Tom think Norah might be suffering from?

2. In January, what has Reta left in limbo since her last conversation with Arthur Springer?

3. In what month does Reta write her letter to Ford-Halpern?

4. What does Francis Quinn tell Reta and Tom about the gloves Norah has been wearing?

5. Why does Reta think that novel writing is perhaps a pointless exercise?

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 Reta, what is the "worry word" of life and why is it significant?

3. When Tom calls to inform Reta that Norah is in the hospital, how does the point of view change in the novel?

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

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

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

7. Describe Reta and Lois's relationship.

8. What issue does Reta take with Emily Helt's book review in the Chicago Tribune?

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

10. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?

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