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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 is the short story writer's name who Reta writes a letter to?
(a) Robert Spiller.
(b) Russell Sandor.
(c) Renee Simon.
(d) Richard Smiley.

2. What does Francis Quinn tell Reta and Tom about the gloves Norah has been wearing?
(a) That Norah wears them in the bath.
(b) That Norah wears them to bed.
(c) That Norah wears them at dinner.
(d) That Norah wears them to pray.

3. According to the Chair in Theology, what faith is balanced on words "already" and "not yet?"
(a) The Lutheran faith.
(b) The Protestant faith.
(c) The Jewish faith.
(d) The Christian faith.

4. Why is Reta alarmed by the sight of Norah's hands?
(a) They are cut.
(b) They are bruised.
(c) They are scarred.
(d) They are broken.

5. In January, what has Reta left in limbo since her last conversation with Arthur Springer?
(a) Talking to Danielle.
(b) Visiting Norah.
(c) Translating Danielle's book.
(d) Writing her novel.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Reta discovers Norah's wrists, what does Tom leave for Norah when he sees her in Toronto?

2. In her letter about the obituary in the Globe and Mail, what kind of days does Reta write that she is going through?

3. Arthur tells Reta the day after Christmas that he is filled with admiration for what?

4. According to the friend who advised Reta as a young writer, what do obituaries contain?

5. What does Lois tell Arthur she attended many years ago?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. What rationale does Reta offer about the importance of novels despite moral injustice in the world?

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

6. According to Reta, why is goodness not a guaranteed virtue?

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

8. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists that cause Tom to forget his trilobites and research stress and trauma?

9. How does the staff's response at the hostel regarding Norah's gloves indicate her invisibility as a street person?

10. When Reta and Tom consult a psychiatrist about Norah, what does he tell them and how do they respond?

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