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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 anomaly does Lois tell Arthur she sees on the oak tree outside her window?
(a) A ribbon.
(b) A dead branch.
(c) A lone leaf.
(d) A nest.
2. In the letter to the short story writer, why does Reta mention that her friend Emma lost the integrity of her body?
(a) Because she had a double mastectomy.
(b) Because she lost her leg.
(c) Because she had colon cancer.
(d) Because she can't breathe on her own.
3. In her review of a female author, Helt states that all relationships are seen through the lens of what?
(a) Erotic love.
(b) Sexual harmony.
(c) Sensual yearning.
(d) Platonic longing.
4. What does Reta find "ugly, vast, and arresting" as she and Tom walk in the cemetery?
(a) A stone monument.
(b) The icy field.
(c) An old oak tree.
(d) The sky above them.
5. In what month does Reta write her letter to Ford-Halpern?
Short Answer Questions
1. In her letter to Ford-Halpern, how does Reta think other daughters can be protected from Norah's fate?
2. According to Lois, what year did her husband die?
3. The nature of _______dominates the conversation between Reta and Danielle at lunch.
4. What does Reta call the "worry word" of life?
5. Why do Christine and Natalie think something terrible must have happened to Norah?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Reta sign her letter to Dennis Ford-Halpern, "Yours, Rita Orange d'Ville"?
2. When Reta and Tom consult a psychiatrist about Norah, what does he tell them and how do they respond?
3. According to Reta, what is the "worry word" of life and why is it significant?
4. At the hospital, what does Natalie reveal about the injuries to Norah's hands?
5. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?
6. What is Reta's central point in her letter to Helt?
7. How does Arthur feel about Roman, the other main character in Reta's novel?
8. What does Reta and Tom's walk in Orangetown cemetery represent?
9. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?
10. According to Reta, why is goodness not a guaranteed virtue?
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