Unless Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What does Norah use to try and put out the flames from the woman's fire?

2. What items are NOT in the package Christine and Natalie bring Norah after Christmas break?

3. What list does Lois have arranged in alphabetical order in her recipe box?

4. In the short story that Reta writes her letter about, what does the Czech professor see in the medical supply shop that disgusts him?

5. What does Reta think most people would assume about the inscription on Mary Leland's headstone?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Emma, Reta's journalist friend, try to comfort her and how is it significant?

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

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

4. What issue does Reta take with Emily Helt's book review in the Chicago Tribune?

5. Why does Reta call Dennis Ford-Halpern's omission of women in his book "The Goodness Gap" a "moral dilemma in itself"?

6. As Reta and Arthur have their heated discussion, what three things happen that interrupt them that provide comic relief to the serious conversation?

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

8. In her letter to Russell Sandor, Reta states that she fears nothing. Why does she feel this way and how does she prove it in her letter?

9. What is Reta's central point in her letter to Helt?

10. Why does Reta feel that Arthur's suggestion to focus on Roman instead of Alicia is an egregious one?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Shields' portrayal of the media in the novel, responding to the following questions:

1. What role does the media have in advancing the plot?

2. What is Reta's relationship to the media?

3. Is it an amicable or hostile relationship and why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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