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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In part 2, why does Joel Sargent forbid Marguerite from telling the neighbors about the items she found in the cave?
(a) To keep from being forced from their land.
(b) To keep from spreading fear or bringing retribution on themselves.
(c) To keep from inspiring revenge killings.
(d) To keep from scaring the neighbors into leaving the area.

2. What image does Dolly suggest the neighbors will compare her children to if they are not washed and cleaned?
(a) Cows caught in a muddy paddock.
(b) Sheep just brought in from the fields.
(c) A horse lathered in sweat after a heavy run.
(d) Pigs playing in slop.

3. What is a dory?
(a) A large ship.
(b) A bird.
(c) A small boat.
(d) A tool.

4. What is one of the reasons Joel Sargent gives for deciding to sell all he owns to buy this new farm?
(a) The sugar maples on the new land.
(b) The ability to grow more food for the family.
(c) The large amount of land as compared to only an acre or two in Marblehead.
(d) The farmhouse.

5. To what does Caleb often compare Marguerite to, suggesting his thoughts as to her trustworthiness?
(a) Catholics.
(b) Indians.
(c) Scots.
(d) Englishmen.

6. What is Marguerite untangling as the novel begins?
(a) Wool.
(b) Yarn.
(c) Hair.
(d) Children.

7. Who are the Morses?
(a) Marguerite's family.
(b) Cousins to the Jordans.
(c) The local magistrate.
(d) Neighbors of the Sargents.

8. To where were Marguerite, her uncle, and her grandmother planning to go when they left France?
(a) New York.
(b) Canada.
(c) St. Louis.
(d) Marblehead.

9. Who tells Marguerite she did the right thing after her encounter with the bear?
(a) Joel and Dolly Sargent.
(b) Abby Welles.
(c) Seth Jordan.
(d) Aunt Hespa.

10. Why is the roof of the cave darkened?
(a) There have been many fires inside the cave.
(b) The damp has caused a growth of mold.
(c) The Indians have drawn on it.
(d) The bears have rubbed against it, staining it with the oils from their coats.

11. Why does Joel Sargent tell his wife the captain of the Isabella B stayed with them for so long?
(a) To give the family shelter on his boat.
(b) To ensure payment.
(c) To help build the house.
(d) To look for a farm of his own.

12. The growth of what plants signal the end of summer for Marguerite?
(a) Goldenrod and red berries.
(b) Strawberries and beans.
(c) Milk thistle and blue bonnets.
(d) Goldenrod and blueberries.

13. At the end of part 2, what does Aunt Hespa have Seth draw a pattern of Marguerite's feet on?
(a) Paper.
(b) The floor.
(c) Cloth.
(d) Cowhide.

14. How does Marguerite catch sight of her reflection for the first time in many months?
(a) She sees her reflection in a window.
(b) She finds a mirror among Dolly's belongings.
(c) She sees her reflection in the water.
(d) She finds a looking glass in the woods.

15. Why has the author begun her book with the poem Maypole Point?
(a) To show off her poetic side.
(b) To preface the story.
(c) To foreshadow the death of Marguerite.
(d) To build tension in the story.

Short Answer Questions

1. Off of what island is it said is the best fishing in Penobscot Bay?

2. What animal do the children find at Falmouth and decide to adopt?

3. Where are Aunt Hespa's family from?

4. How do the twins explain to Marguerite the crickets make their noises?

5. In part 2, what bird does Marguerite show a reluctance to eat?

(see the answer keys)

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