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

2. Under which pretense does Mrs. Todd come to the schoolhouse to visit the narrator?
(a) She needs some advice.
(b) She has an herbal mixture for the narrator.
(c) She is looking for tansy.
(d) She is looking for plantains.

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

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

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

6. What distracts the narrator from her work later in the day after the funeral procession?
(a) A visit from Captain Littlepage.
(b) A visit from Mrs. Todd.
(c) The sheep in the schoolyard.
(d) A shopping trip.

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

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

9. 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) The herb she needs doesn't grow in Dunnett.
(c) The herb she needs grows best on the island.
(d) So she can leave some with Mrs. Blackett.

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

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

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

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

14. Where did Gaffett say he had previously been shipwrecked?
(a) Off the coast of Greenland.
(b) Iceland.
(c) Near Scotland.
(d) Canada.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What offer does William make the narrator?

2. What conclusion about the narrator's beliefs can be drawn from her conversation with Captain Littlepage?

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

4. What happened when Gaffett and his companion left "the waiting place"?

5. What does the narrator notice about Captain Littlepage's reputation in Dunnet Landing?

(see the answer keys)

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