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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. Who suddenly dies at Scribano & Lawrence?

2. What is Reta's struggle about what a writer of fiction should give the reader?

3. What kind of world is Reta interested in creating for her characters?

4. How does Reta explain Norah's strange behavior to Christine and Natalie?

5. How are Reta and Danielle different?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Norah's thoughts about the two main characters in her novel, and why they are significant.

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

3. When does Reta's mind begin to wander and what does she think of during dinner with Tom's physicist friend, Colin Glass?

4. What does Reta do each month that indicates her attempt to live up to an idea of "goodness?"

5. What attempt does Reta make to bribe her daughter Norah to come home when she visits her on her street corner and how successful is she?

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

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

8. Why does Norah make the sarcastic observation in her letter to Alexander Valkner that he must have suffered from extreme fatigue when he thought of his list of "literary big cats"?

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

10. What is Reta's complaint in her letter to the editor of a literary magazine regarding one of its advertising pages?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of goodness in the novel as an idea and a catalyst for change, responding to the following questions:

1. What does the concept of goodness mean to Reta?

2. What does the concept of goodness mean to Norah?

3. What is the overall message of goodness as an idea in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the plot and subplot of the novel, including the rising action, climax, and resolution for both.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Reta and Danielle's views on women, responding to the following questions:

1. What observations do Reta and Danielle make about society's perception of women?

2. How do Reta and Danielle feel about the roles women have in society?

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