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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. What does grit mean as used in Part 1 of this novel?
(a) Courage.
(b) Stupidity.
(c) Foreigner.
(d) Intelligence.

2. Who does the children hope will come find them while they are lost in the woods in part 2?
(a) Joel.
(b) Pumpkin.
(c) Ira.
(d) Caleb.

3. 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 spreading fear or bringing retribution on themselves.
(b) To keep from scaring the neighbors into leaving the area.
(c) To keep from inspiring revenge killings.
(d) To keep from being forced from their land.

4. Who is Jerusha?
(a) A sheep.
(b) A corncob doll.
(c) Dolly's sister.
(d) Joel's mother.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Marguerite quietly admire about the men working on the house at the Raising?

2. Who tells Marguerite she did the right thing after her encounter with the bear?

3. What special clothing is Debby wearing for the Raising?

4. What work do the women indulge after the large meal is finished during the Raising?

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. What does Marguerite do when she wakes in the night and realizes a storm has taken control of the ship?

2. Why do the children follow the dog to the stream? What do they see? What happens next?

3. Why does Aunt Hespa invite Marguerite to her home at the end of Part 2?

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

5. What happens to Marguerite's uncle as they approach the shores of America? What does Marguerite find most devastating about this?

6. How does Marguerite become lost in the woods?

7. What does Abby Welles claim she would like to have when Ethan Jordan and Timothy Welles prepare to sail to Portsmouth on the Isabella B?

8. What reasons do the men give for stopping in Falmouth before the storm hits their ship?

9. How does life on Sunday Island compare to life on Sargents' Point in Marguerite's eyes?

10. Why do the Sargents decide to put the livestock in the water and allow them to swim to their new farm rather than transport them some other way?

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