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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Each chapter in A Northern Light opens with what?
(a) A dictionary word.
(b) A poem by Emily Dickinson.
(c) A Bible verse.
(d) An Irish ballad.

2. What work does Mattie do for Aunt Josie?
(a) Yard work.
(b) Dictation.
(c) Housecleaning.
(d) Book organizing.

3. What age was Minnie Compeau when she left school?
(a) 13.
(b) 12.
(c) 16.
(d) 14.

4. When was Barnard College founded?
(a) 1889.
(b) 1841.
(c) 1915.
(d) 1789.

5. How are Minnie’s twins described when they are born?
(a) Identical boys.
(b) Identical girls.
(c) Two fraternal boys.
(d) A boy and a girl.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the historical figure, Grace Brown, born?

2. Who is the suitor that is pursuing Mattie in the beginning of the novel?

3. Mattie has earned the money that she spends at the grocery store/lending library in Eagle Bay by picking what plants?

4. Mattie has heard that the works of Emily Baxter are what before she reads them?

5. How many acres of property does Royal Loomis’s father own adjacent to the Gokey farm?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the theme of identity explored through the characters of Mattie, Weaver, and Minnie in Chapter 9?

2. What purchase does Mattie impulsively make in Chapter 6? What are her thoughts on this action?

3. What is an example from the novel of Mattie’s tendency for romantic idealization?

4. How is the character of Emmie Hubbard described? What information does the reader learn of Emmie’s situation in Chapter 14?

5. What does Aunt Josie discover about Emmie Hubbard in Chapter 14? How does she make this discovery?

6. How is the character of Royal Loomis described in the novel? How is his relationship with Mattie characterized?

7. Where does Mattie shop for books and other items in Chapter 6? What does she find here?

8. How is Mattie’s family characterized in Chapter 1? What central tensions in the family are introduced in this chapter?

9. Why does Mattie ask her Aunt Josie for financial help in Chapter 8?

10. What exchange takes place between Pa and Miss Wilcox in Chapter 12? What repercussions does this have for Mattie?

(see the answer keys)

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