Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Reta bring Norah on the way to her appointment to have her eyebrows tinted?
2. What does Tom's friend, Colin Glass, try to explain to Norah when he comes over for dinner?
3. How does Reta approach Norah when she visits her in early November?
4. What two actual events do Reta's writer friends also discuss at the Orange Blossom Room?
5. What task do Reta and Tom engage in after the package is delivered to the Winters' home?
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. What are Reta's feelings about Tom and their sexual relationship?
3. Why does Reta wake up with anxiety about cleaning her house?
4. 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?
5. Why does Reta call Dennis Ford-Halpern's omission of women in his book "The Goodness Gap" a "moral dilemma in itself"?
6. 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?
7. When Tom calls to inform Reta that Norah is in the hospital, how does the point of view change in the novel?
8. What is Lois's true opinion of what happened to Norah that she is afraid to express?
9. According to Ben, how has Norah changed in the few weeks prior to her disappearance?
10. Why does Reta feel that Arthur's suggestion to focus on Roman instead of Alicia is an egregious one?
Healing, both physical and psychological, is significant to the characters' recovery in the novel. Identify the ways in which the Winters family heals from the stress and trauma over the past year.
How does Shields portray heroines in the novel? Respond to the following:
1. What characters can be regarded as tragic heroines?
2. Discuss Reta's ideas about heroines and heroism.
3. How are the heroines in the novel in opposition to society?
In the novel, Reta has several flashbacks about Norah in the weeks before her disappearance. Choose three memories and discuss what they reveal about Reta, Norah, and the nature of their relationship.
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