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

2. What does Tracy Halliday want a huge jar of marbles to represent for Norah?

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

4. According to Francis, why does everyone dismiss Norah's gloves at the hostel?

5. In Reta's letter to Ford-Halpern, what is "an endless series of obstacles, an alignment of locked doors"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Emma, Reta's journalist friend, try to comfort her and how is it significant?

6. What is Lois's true opinion of what happened to Norah that she is afraid to express?

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

8. According to Reta, what is the "worry word" of life and why is it significant?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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