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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. 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 help build the house.
(c) To ensure payment.
(d) To look for a farm of his own.

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

3. At the end of part 2, why does Aunt Hespa have Seth draw a pattern of Marguerite's feet?
(a) To prepare to build her new shoes.
(b) To show her how to make a drawing of a turkey.
(c) To create a sock-like thing to help her new boots fit better.
(d) To help her learn how to make her own stockings.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the children eat with their bread that makes Dolly worry about their cleanliness?

2. How many pairs of shoes does Dolly tell Aunt Hespa there are for her children and Marguerite that winter in Part 2?

3. What does Dolly say at the beginning of Part 2 she is grateful for?

4. When Marguerite is awoken by the storm, what is the first thing she does?

5. In part 2, Marguerite stumbles on a cave and finds a pile of bones near a cold fire. What else does she find?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marguerite become lost in the woods?

2. What stories does a stranger tell the children when he runs across them on the pasture lands outside Falmouth?

3. Why do the children need to be cleaned up? Why do they protest?

4. What does Aunt Hespa tell Dolly and Marguerite to do with the baby to ensure she will not play in the open fire in the main room of the house?

5. Why does the Captain refuse to enter Penobscot Bay when they reach the mouth?

6. What does Marguerite see in the sky over Sunday Island on the day she goes to help Aunt Hespa with the weaving of cloth?

7. Why does Marguerite go into the woods with the children? Why does Caleb leave them alone?

8. How does Jacob Sargent injure himself during the Raising? How does Marguerite help to care for the child?

9. What makes Marguerite feel as if there is a piece of home in Penobscot Bay?

10. Of what nationality is Marguerite Ledoux? Why do the Sargents call her Maggie?

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