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. In the story, who does Reta think the Czech professor must hate?

2. What does Tom think Norah might be suffering from?

3. What does Arthur accidentally knock over during his first visit at Reta's?

4. In her letter to Ford-Halpern, how does Reta think other daughters can be protected from Norah's fate?

5. What is the name of the third novel in Reta's trilogy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Reta and Tom's walk in Orangetown cemetery represent?

2. 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?

3. Why don't the Winters' want to discuss the fact that Norah probably gave her Christmas package away?

4. How does Arthur feel about Roman, the other main character in Reta's novel?

5. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?

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

7. Why does Arthur Springer call one day after Christmas and what is Reta's response?

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

9. Why does an older friend of Reta's advise her to read obituaries as a young writer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the tone of "Unless," responding to the following questions:

1. How does the tone of the novel exemplify the emotional state of the characters?

2. Does the tone shift or change throughout the novel? Where and how?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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