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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the narrator's quote, what does Darwin say about sea captains?
(a) They are the toughest of men.
(b) They are greater than kings.
(c) They are the lowliest of men.
(d) They are second only to schoolmasters.

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

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 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 believes that the Captain is crazy.
(c) She does not believe in life after death.
(d) She tends not to believe in Gaffert's story.

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

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

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

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

9. What does Mrs. Todd do during her free time?
(a) She collects herbs for natural remedies.
(b) She visits her friends.
(c) She takes care of her mother.
(d) She collects herbs for cooking.

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

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

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

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

14. What piece of information does Mrs. Todd reveal to the narrator?
(a) That her husband never truly loved her.
(b) That she never loved her husband.
(c) That she truly loved someone else.
(d) That she is in love with Captain Littlepage.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator feel about Mrs. Fosdick once she meets her?

2. Who is William?

3. Where do the narrator and Mrs. Todd find some time to chat?

4. Why does the narrator choose a new place to write?

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

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