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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 question about Norah does Lois Winters ask every night at dinner?
2. In her letter about the obituary in the Globe and Mail, what kind of days does Reta write that she is going through?
3. Why do Christine and Natalie think something terrible must have happened to Norah?
4. Why does Reta think that novel writing is perhaps a pointless exercise?
5. What is the name of the hospital that Norah is in?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Lois's conversation with Arthur when she comes over to investigate about dinner significant?
2. 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?
3. Why does Arthur Springer call one day after Christmas and what is Reta's response?
4. At the end of the novel, what do we learn about the reason for Norah's disappearance and subsequent homelessness?
5. What is Reta's central point in her letter to Helt?
6. According to Reta, what is the "worry word" of life and why is it significant?
7. How does the staff's response at the hostel regarding Norah's gloves indicate her invisibility as a street person?
8. As Reta and Arthur have their heated discussion, what three things happen that interrupt them that provide comic relief to the serious conversation?
9. At the hospital, what does Natalie reveal about the injuries to Norah's hands?
10. How do the meetings with her friends at the Orange Blossom Room ground Reta in reality?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the role of setting in the novel, responding to the following questions:
1. What facts about the city of Toronto relate directly or indirectly to the lives of the characters?
2. What facts about the time in which the novel is set, 2000-2001, relate directly or indirectly to the novel's themes and overall meaning?
Essay Topic 2
What is the role of language in "Unless"? Identify and discuss the following relationships and its significance for the characters:
1. Language and identity.
2. Language and truth.
3. Language and power.
Essay Topic 3
Shields uses the first-person point of view to show Reta's thoughts and actions, though the focus of the novel is the mystery of Norah's disappearance and subsequent homelessness. Respond to the following questions:
1. Why do you think Shields chose the first-person instead of third-person ("she")?
2. How would the novel be different if the story was told from Norah's point of view?
3. Since the first-person is a limited perspective, how would using an omniscient point of view change the tone or meaning of the novel?
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