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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Under what pretense does the narrator leave Mrs. Blackett's home?
(a) To dig potatoes for chowder.
(b) To find some herbs for Mrs. Todd.
(c) To dig carrots for the salad.
(d) To gather some flowers.

2. How would you characterize William's demeanor?
(a) Outgoing.
(b) Humorous.
(c) Solemn.
(d) Shy.

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

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

5. What was the cause of the Captain's experience?
(a) Hunger.
(b) Poor help from the crew.
(c) Bad weather.
(d) Too much alcohol.

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

7. What does the narrator say about Gaffett's experience?
(a) She says that too much time at sea can cause hallucinations.
(b) She asks if hunger could have caused him to see apparitions.
(c) She asks if Gaffett seemed like an honest man.
(d) She says the stress of the shipwreck could have caused him to see apparitions.

8. How does the town doctor feel about Mrs. Todd and her use of herbs?
(a) He feels that the two are rivals.
(b) He thinks her belief in the usefulness of herbs is foolish.
(c) The two are on the best of terms.
(d) He hopes he can cure some of the cases worsened her herbal remedies.

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

10. Who is the funeral procession for?
(a) Mrs. Todd.
(b) Mrs. Begg.
(c) Captain Littlepage.
(d) Mrs. Todd's mother.

11. What does Mrs. Todd do during her free time?
(a) She collects herbs for cooking.
(b) She visits her friends.
(c) She collects herbs for natural remedies.
(d) She takes care of her mother.

12. How does the narrator feel about Mrs. Fosdick once she meets her?
(a) She doesn't like her.
(b) She likes her.
(c) Mrs. Fosdick reminds her of her mother.
(d) She thinks she talks too much.

13. What topic leads to the narrator's conversation with Captain Littlepage about life after death?
(a) Captain Littlepage's near-death experience.
(b) Mrs. Begg's funeral.
(c) The Reverend's remarks.
(d) The importance of living life to it's fullest.

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

15. What distracts the narrator from her work later in the day after the funeral procession?
(a) The sheep in the schoolyard.
(b) A visit from Mrs. Todd.
(c) A shopping trip.
(d) A visit from Captain Littlepage.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the narrator choose a new place to write?

2. How does the narrator react to the Captain's story?

3. Besides Captain Littlepage, who else knows of Gaffett's story?

4. Why does the narrator come to visit Maine?

5. Who is Nathan?

(see the answer keys)

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