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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 remember Mrs. Todd saying about Captain Littlepage?
(a) He is not married.
(b) He is crazy.
(c) He has a housekeeper.
(d) He reads a lot.

2. Where do the narrator and Mrs. Todd find some time to chat?
(a) In a clearance overlooking the sea.
(b) In the tansy patch.
(c) In the pennyroyal patch.
(d) In the garden.

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. How does the narrator feel about Mrs. Fosdick once she meets her?
(a) Mrs. Fosdick reminds her of her mother.
(b) She thinks she talks too much.
(c) She doesn't like her.
(d) She likes her.

9. 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.

10. Why does the narrator choose a new place to write?
(a) There are too many distractions.
(b) Others find her presence distracting.
(c) She doesn't like greeting guests.
(d) She finds she is spending too much time with her new friends.

11. Why does tansy grow so well around the schoolhouse?
(a) The children trampled it down during the spring.
(b) The salty air near the ocean.
(c) The fertile soil.
(d) The spacious schoolyard.

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

13. What conclusion did Gaffett draw from his experience?
(a) Luck is the only thing that can keep you alive.
(b) The people were ghosts waiting for passage to another life.
(c) You can only trust yourself.
(d) The people were hermits.

14. How does Mrs. Blackett manage her advanced age?
(a) She has William to help her.
(b) She worries that she is becoming senile.
(c) She walks with a cane.
(d) She continues to live an active life.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where did Gaffett say he had previously been shipwrecked?

3. What does Captain Littlepage say about the townspeople?

4. Under which pretense does Mrs. Todd come to the schoolhouse to visit the narrator?

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

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