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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 notice about Captain Littlepage's reputation in Dunnet Landing?
(a) He is friends with everyone.
(b) He is like the father of the community.
(c) He is well-respected.
(d) He is an outsider.

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

3. What does the narrator notice about her own thoughts as the funeral procession moves out of sight?
(a) The noise from the procession has made her thoughts restless.
(b) Her thoughts are flighty, and she can't concentrate enough to write.
(c) Her thoughts have become quite melancholy.
(d) The funeral procession has made her nostalgic.

4. How do the people of Dunnett Landing feel about having company?
(a) Visits with others are a social requirement.
(b) Visits with others are a necessary evil.
(c) Visits with others are the only valuable thing in life.
(d) Visits with others are a valued commodity.

5. How do others in the community feel about Mrs. Fosdick?
(a) They dislike her.
(b) They wish she would visit more often.
(c) They value her company.
(d) They feel that she visits too often.

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

7. What did Mrs. Begg dislike about life at Dunnet Landing?
(a) The salty smell of the ocean.
(b) The people lived too far apart.
(c) The tight-knit community.
(d) The constant sound of the sea.

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

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

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

11. 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 overcome a harsh past to make the most of their lives.
(d) Like tansy, people can thrive almost anywhere.

12. What natural landscape influences life in the community?
(a) The forest.
(b) The lake.
(c) The ocean.
(d) The mountains.

13. How has the funeral affected the Captain's mood in Chapter 5?
(a) He seems fearful.
(b) He seems thoughtful.
(c) He seems depressed.
(d) He seems melancholy.

14. Where did the Captain's experience described in Chapter 5 take place?
(a) Near Greenland.
(b) Near the South Pole.
(c) Along the coast of Canada.
(d) Near the North Pole.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the narrator miss as she is thinking about life in Dunnet Landing after the funeral procession?

5. Why does Mrs. Todd say she wants to pick herbs on the island where Mrs. Blackett lives?

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