|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Reta sign her letter to Ford-Halpern?
2. What is the woman who sets herself on fire outside of Honest Ed's wearing?
3. What does Arthur consider the last chapter in Reta's novel to be?
4. According to Arthur, Roman is an ___________ and ___________ character.
5. According to Reta, what is the most egregious change Arthur suggests she make in her novel?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?
2. Why is Lois's conversation with Arthur when she comes over to investigate about dinner significant?
3. Why does Reta sign her letter to Dennis Ford-Halpern, "Yours, Rita Orange d'Ville"?
4. When Tom calls to inform Reta that Norah is in the hospital, how does the point of view change in the novel?
5. Why does Reta call Dennis Ford-Halpern's omission of women in his book "The Goodness Gap" a "moral dilemma in itself"?
6. 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?
7. At the hospital, what does Natalie reveal about the injuries to Norah's hands?
8. What is Lois's true opinion of what happened to Norah that she is afraid to express?
9. What issue does Reta take with Emily Helt's book review in the Chicago Tribune?
10. Why does Reta make an exception in sending her letter to Russell Sandor, a short story writer?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
As a novel, "Unless" functions as a mystery. As such, there are clues provided to lead the reader in many directions. What are some true and false leads surrounding Norah's disappearance? How does Shields utilize flashbacks and dialogue to create suspension in the novel?
This section contains 776 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)