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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Captain Littlepage say about the townspeople?
(a) They have been good friends.
(b) They lead simple lives.
(c) They think they know everything.
(d) They are good people.

2. What do William and Mrs. Blackett do after supper?
(a) Take a carriage ride.
(b) Sing a few songs.
(c) Make dessert.
(d) Go for a walk.

3. What did Gaffett and his companion discover after sailing away from the shipwreck?
(a) The ship's cargo.
(b) A town.
(c) An island.
(d) More suvivors.

4. What does Mrs. Todd need to get while visiting Mrs. Blackett?
(a) Primrose.
(b) Damania.
(c) Tansy.
(d) Pennyroyal.

5. What natural landscape influences life in the community?
(a) The ocean.
(b) The lake.
(c) The forest.
(d) The mountains.

6. Where does the narrator go to write in Chapter 1?
(a) The park.
(b) The beach.
(c) A cottage in the village.
(d) The schoolhouse.

7. How old is Mrs. Blackett?
(a) 106.
(b) 86.
(c) 96.
(d) 76.

8. What did the Captain do while waiting in Chapter 5?
(a) Tried to reach rescuers.
(b) Looked for food.
(c) Spent time talking to other survivors.
(d) Looked for help.

9. What does the author compare knowing a village like Dunnet Landing to?
(a) Coming home.
(b) A walk on a familiar forest path.
(c) Getting to know a friend better.
(d) Becoming acquainted with a single person.

10. What does the Captain assert during the beginning of his conversation with the narrator in Chapter 5?
(a) That everyone can find out before death if they want to.
(b) That only good people will enjoy life after death.
(c) That no one can know the answer.
(d) That there must certainly be life after death.

11. What connection does Mrs. Todd see between the tansy in the schoolyard and people?
(a) Like tansy, people gather their strength during the spring and then blossom fully in the summer.
(b) Like tansy, people can only thrive with others of their kind around them.
(c) Like tansy, people can overcome a harsh past to make the most of their lives.
(d) Like tansy, people can thrive almost anywhere.

12. What did Mrs. Begg dislike about life at Dunnet Landing?
(a) The people lived too far apart.
(b) The salty smell of the ocean.
(c) The tight-knit community.
(d) The constant sound of the sea.

13. How has the funeral affected the Captain's mood in Chapter 5?
(a) He seems thoughtful.
(b) He seems fearful.
(c) He seems melancholy.
(d) He seems depressed.

14. What does Mrs. Todd say she needs after a difficult afternoon at the end of Chapter 7?
(a) A nice bath.
(b) A long walk.
(c) A bit of camomile.
(d) A quiet evening.

15. Why did the Captain leave his position as Commander?
(a) He wanted to spend more time with his family.
(b) He was disabled.
(c) He wanted to spend more time in Dunnet Landing.
(d) He lived through a frightening ordeal after a shipwreck.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Gaffett say he had previously been shipwrecked?

2. Which event does the author describe to help illustrate the community's sense of compassion in Chapter 4?

3. What does the narrator compare Dunnet Landing's cottage windows to?

4. Why does tansy grow so well around the schoolhouse?

5. Who is Mrs. Blackett?

(see the answer keys)

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