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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the narrator react to the funeral procession?
(a) She is irritated by the distraction from her writing.
(b) She feels sorry for the family members.
(c) She realizes that life is short and decides to live life to its fullest.
(d) She thinks perhaps she should have joined the procession.

2. When does the narrator need to have her writing project finished?
(a) By the end of the season.
(b) By the time the publisher writes to request her manuscript.
(c) By the end of the month.
(d) Before the publisher comes to visit.

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

4. According to the narrator's quote, what does Darwin say about sea captains?
(a) They are greater than kings.
(b) They are second only to schoolmasters.
(c) They are the toughest of men.
(d) They are the lowliest of men.

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

6. Why does the narrator say she didn't "walk the rest" at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) She doesn't know who the procession is for.
(b) She doesn't know the townspeople in the procession.
(c) She realizes that she is not a member of the community.
(d) She is too busy with her work.

7. How does the narrator react to the relative isolation of Mrs. Todd's home after coming back from Mrs. Blackett's?
(a) She seeks more companionship.
(b) She feels a bit lonely.
(c) She is relieved the visit is over.
(d) She enjoys the serenity.

8. What does the narrator do once she's left the house?
(a) She goes out to explore the garden area.
(b) She chats with Mrs. Todd.
(c) She goes out to explore the coastline.
(d) She takes the boat out.

9. Who does the narrator compare Mrs. Fosdick to when describing her visits to others?
(a) A nuisance.
(b) Queen Elizabeth.
(c) The Princess of Wales.
(d) A beggar.

10. What piece of information does Mrs. Todd reveal to the narrator?
(a) That she is in love with Captain Littlepage.
(b) That her husband never truly loved her.
(c) That she never loved her husband.
(d) That she truly loved someone else.

11. What offer does William make the narrator?
(a) He offers to show her the island.
(b) He offers to take her for a carriage ride.
(c) He offers to make her some chowder.
(d) He offers to take her back to Dunnett Landing.

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

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

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

15. What does the narrator conclude based on Mrs. Todd's revelation?
(a) That love is not necessary for a marriage to work.
(b) That Mrs. Todd must have been very loyal to her husband.
(c) That love cannot last.
(d) That the two must be friends now.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why didn't Mrs. Todd marry her first love?

2. Why does the Captain believe he knows "the truth" about life after death?

3. Who does the narrator say comes and goes past the schoolhouse window?

4. What does the narrator assert during the beginning of her conversation with Captain Littlepage in Chapter 5?

5. What does the narrator find impressive about the Captain's retelling of Gaffett's story?

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