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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the narrator come to visit Maine?
(a) To work on a writing project.
(b) For a long vacation.
(c) To write about the area.
(d) To visit friends.

2. What connection does Mrs. Todd see between the tansy in the schoolyard and people?
(a) Like tansy, people can only thrive with others of their kind around them.
(b) Like tansy, people gather their strength during the spring and then blossom fully in the summer.
(c) Like tansy, people can thrive almost anywhere.
(d) Like tansy, people can overcome a harsh past to make the most of their lives.

3. 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 the townspeople in the procession.
(c) She doesn't know who the procession is for.
(d) She realizes that she is not a member of the community.

4. How old is Mrs. Blackett?
(a) 76.
(b) 106.
(c) 96.
(d) 86.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

8. What happened when Gaffett and his companion left "the waiting place"?
(a) The animals watched as they moved out of sight.
(b) The townspeople seemed to taunt them.
(c) The coastline disappeared.
(d) They worried that they would freeze.

9. Who is Nathan?
(a) Mrs. Todd's deceased brother.
(b) Mrs. Blackett's deceased husband.
(c) The narrator's brother.
(d) Mrs. Todd's deceased husband.

10. How old is William?
(a) In his eighties.
(b) In his fifties.
(c) In his seventies.
(d) In his sixties.

11. What does the narrator find impressive about the Captain's retelling of Gaffett's story?
(a) His attention to detail.
(b) His sense of nostalgia.
(c) His bright eyes and vigor in storytelling.
(d) His skepticism.

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

13. How does Captain Littlepage react to the narrator's comments?
(a) He is glad she understands him.
(b) He firmly denies her explanation.
(c) He is hurt that she doesn't believe him.
(d) He is surprised that has had similar experiences.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Captain assert during the beginning of his conversation with the narrator in Chapter 5?

2. How do the people of Dunnett Landing feel about having company?

3. How does the narrator react to the funeral procession?

4. What time of year does the story take place?

5. When does the narrator need to have her writing project finished?

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