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

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

4. What made the narrator choose Dunnet Landing for her visit?
(a) The peacefulness of the little village.
(b) Its closeness to the ocean.
(c) The friendly people.
(d) Its sense of neighborhood and the pleasant cottages.

5. How do the people of Dunnet Landing feel about Mrs. Todd?
(a) The other community members see her as an outsider.
(b) The other community members come to her for advice.
(c) The other community members find her to be loud and gossipy.
(d) The other community members respect her for her knowledge.

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

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

8. What does the narrator assert during the beginning of her conversation with Captain Littlepage in Chapter 5?
(a) That death must be the end.
(b) That someday "everyone will know."
(c) That there must certainly be life after death.
(d) That no one can know the answer.

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

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

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

12. 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) The herb she needs doesn't grow in Dunnett.
(c) So she can leave some with Mrs. Blackett.
(d) The herb she needs grows best on the island.

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

14. Where did Gaffett say he had previously been shipwrecked?
(a) Canada.
(b) Near Scotland.
(c) Iceland.
(d) Off the coast of Greenland.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Mrs. Begg dislike about life at Dunnet Landing?

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

3. What does the author compare knowing a village like Dunnet Landing to?

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

5. Where does the narrator go to write in Chapter 1?

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