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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Reta write a letter of complaint to an editor of a literary magazine about a series of books called "Great Minds of the Western Intellectual World"?

2. Why does Reta write a check to the hostel each month?

3. Why does Reta become angry at the male author being interviewed on the literary television show?

4. What problem does Reta initially attribute Norah's disappearance to when she first goes missing?

5. What does Tom's friend, Colin Glass, try to explain to Norah when he comes over for dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Reta initially think Norah's problems may have stemmed from her relationship with Ben Abbot?

2. Why does Arthur love Alicia as a character and why is it significant?

3. Why is Reta reluctant to give Arthur Springer a first draft of her novel, and what does it reveal about her writing?

4. Why does Reta wake up with anxiety about cleaning her house?

5. How does Reta respond to the death of Mr. Scribano and how is it significant?

6. Describe Reta's peculiar behavior when she visits Norah in early November.

7. How does the American election results in Florida that Tom, Christine, and Natalie watch relate to Norah's absence?

8. Describe Reta Winter's thoughts and feelings as the novel opens.

9. How do Natalie and Christine attempt to give the impression that Norah's absence is part of a normal routine?

10. Describe life in the Winters' household.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of minor characters in the novel.

1. Identify three minor characters and their relationship to the major characters.

2. Describe these three minor characters' physical and psychological attributes. Are they flat or round?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of setting in the novel, responding to the following questions:

1. What facts about the city of Toronto relate directly or indirectly to the lives of the characters?

2. What facts about the time in which the novel is set, 2000-2001, relate directly or indirectly to the novel's themes and overall meaning?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of writing in the novel, responding to the following questions:

1. What is the function of Reta's writing in portraying her ideas about the world?

2. Do Reta's novels and letters serve the same purpose? Why or why not?

3. How does Danielle's writing compare with Reta's in terms of its significance?

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