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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the narrator say about Mrs. Todd's way of talking about Captain Littlepage?
(a) Mrs. Todd won't talk about Captain Littlepage.
(b) Mrs. Todd seems to be in love with Captain Littlepage.
(c) The two seem to have a strained relationship.
(d) Mrs. Todd doesn't seem to like Captain Littlepage.

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

7. Why didn't Mrs. Todd marry her first love?
(a) She met and married Mr. Todd
(b) His mother didn't approve.
(c) He died young.
(d) He fell in love with someone else.

8. Why does Mrs. Todd say she wants to pick herbs on the island where Mrs. Blackett lives?
(a) To pass the time while waiting for dinner.
(b) So she can leave some with Mrs. Blackett.
(c) The herb she needs doesn't grow in Dunnett.
(d) The herb she needs grows best on the island.

9. How does the narrator react to the Captain's story?
(a) She has always believed in such things.
(b) She believes that a man like the Captain can only tell the truth.
(c) She believes that the story is true.
(d) She is skeptical.

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

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

12. How do the people of Dunnett Landing feel about having company?
(a) Visits with others are a social requirement.
(b) Visits with others are the only valuable thing in life.
(c) Visits with others are a necessary evil.
(d) Visits with others are a valued commodity.

13. What happened when Gaffett and his companion went on land?
(a) The animals were too dangerous.
(b) The town seemed to disappear.
(c) They built a camp.
(d) It was too cold to survive.

14. Under which pretense does Mrs. Todd come to the schoolhouse to visit the narrator?
(a) She is looking for plantains.
(b) She needs some advice.
(c) She is looking for tansy.
(d) She has an herbal mixture for the narrator.

15. Where does the narrator first stay during her visit?
(a) With Mrs. Begg.
(b) In the schoolhouse.
(c) With Mrs. Todd.
(d) In a small, family-run hotel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mrs. Todd need to get while visiting Mrs. Blackett?

2. What distracts the narrator from her work later in the day after the funeral procession?

3. What conclusion did Gaffett draw from his experience?

4. How does Mrs. Blackett manage her advanced age?

5. Where does Mrs. Blackett live?

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