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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why does the Captain believe he knows "the truth" about life after death?
(a) His experiences while waiting for rescue from a shipwreck.
(b) His religious experiences.
(c) He himself had a near-death experience.
(d) He is a deeply religious man.

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

5. How would you characterize the relationship between Mrs. Todd and her mother?
(a) Communicative.
(b) Difficult.
(c) Friendly and loving.
(d) Strained.

6. Why does tansy grow so well around the schoolhouse?
(a) The children trampled it down during the spring.
(b) The spacious schoolyard.
(c) The salty air near the ocean.
(d) The fertile soil.

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

8. What time of year does the story take place?
(a) Fall.
(b) Spring.
(c) Winter.
(d) Summer.

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

10. What conclusion about the Captain's beliefs can be drawn from his conversation with the narrator?
(a) He believes that seafaring is dangerous.
(b) He tends not to believe in life after death.
(c) He tends to believe in life after death.
(d) He believes that sailors cannot be trusted.

11. What does the narrator miss as she is thinking about life in Dunnet Landing after the funeral procession?
(a) Her family.
(b) Companionship.
(c) Foods from home.
(d) News from her hometown.

12. Why does the narrator choose a new place to write?
(a) There are too many distractions.
(b) Others find her presence distracting.
(c) She finds she is spending too much time with her new friends.
(d) She doesn't like greeting guests.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is William?

2. What conclusion about the narrator's beliefs can be drawn from her conversation with Captain Littlepage?

3. Who is William?

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

5. What does Mrs. Todd say she needs after a difficult afternoon at the end of Chapter 7?

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