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. Arthur tells Reta the day after Christmas that he has read all the reviews for what book?

2. What does Reta find "ugly, vast, and arresting" as she and Tom walk in the cemetery?

3. What does Francis Quinn tell Reta and Tom about the gloves Norah has been wearing?

4. In her review of a female author, Helt states that all relationships are seen through the lens of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?

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

4. 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?

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

6. How does the staff's response at the hostel regarding Norah's gloves indicate her invisibility as a street person?

7. At the hospital, what does Natalie reveal about the injuries to Norah's hands?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of conflict in "Unless." Discuss Reta's conflict with society. Discuss Norah's conflict with society.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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