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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who does the narrator say comes and goes past the schoolhouse window?
(a) Captain Littlepage.
(b) Mrs. Todd's customers.
(c) The sheep.
(d) Mrs. Todd.

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

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

8. 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 has an herbal mixture for the narrator.
(d) She is looking for tansy.

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

10. What conclusion about the narrator's beliefs can be drawn from her conversation with Captain Littlepage?
(a) She believes that sailors cannot be trusted.
(b) She tends not to believe in Gaffert's story.
(c) She does not believe in life after death.
(d) She believes that the Captain is crazy.

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

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

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

14. What does the narrator compare Captain Littlepage's gait to?
(a) A grasshopper.
(b) A tortoise.
(c) A snail.
(d) A rabbit.

15. What does the narrator compare Dunnet Landing's cottage windows to?
(a) Windows into the lives and souls of the people in town.
(b) Gingerbread windows.
(c) Knowing eyes that look toward the sea.
(d) Knowing eyes that watch over the community members.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Mrs. Blackett?

2. What did Gaffett and his companion discover after sailing away from the shipwreck?

3. What was the cause of the Captain's experience?

4. How does the narrator react to the relative isolation of Mrs. Todd's home after coming back from Mrs. Blackett's?

5. Where does the narrator first stay during her visit?

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