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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. After Reta discovers Norah's wrists, what does Tom leave for Norah when he sees her in Toronto?

2. For what dish did Lois win a prize at the Orangetown Fair?

3. According to Tom, what is the cause of the condition of Norah's hands?

4. What does Reta notice on Norah's wrists?

5. What is the name of the place Reta meets her friends on Tuesdays?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Reta sign her letter to Dennis Ford-Halpern, "Yours, Rita Orange d'Ville"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Another major theme in the novel is the issue of homelessness and its consequences for the people affected by it.

1. Identify some preconceptions about homelessness that are disproved by the characters' actions.

2. What is Shields' overall message about people who are homeless?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role that faith plays in the novel. What are the differences between personal and religious faith? Discuss Reta's views on faith.

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, marriage is portrayed as a complicated and sometimes fraught union between two people. How does Shields characterize Reta and Tom's marriage? Does she portray them as happily married? Why or why not?

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