The Country of the Pointed Firs Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What distracts the narrator from her work later in the day after the funeral procession?

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

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

4. How old is William?

5. What does the narrator say about Mrs. Todd's way of talking about Captain Littlepage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Chapter 21 opens with a narrative that focuses on nature. Describe this narrative and its significance to the situation.

2. Describe Dunnet Landing.

3. Describe the evening when Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Fosdick visit the narrator and tell the story of Poor Joanna.

4. Describe William's relationship to the island.

5. Using all of the information given in the story, describe how the townspeople feel about Joanna.

6. Mrs. Fosdick seems to have a special role in the community. What is her role? Explain.

7. How does narrator feel about Captain Littlepage's story?

8. Describe the relationship between Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Blackett.

9. Describe Joanna's island as the narrator sees it.

10. Describe Mrs. Todd's personal characteristics.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using several examples, discuss the role of death in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Drawing on what the reader learns from Mrs. Todd's conversation with the narrator in the pennyroyal patch on Green Island, describe the complexity of Mrs. Todd's relationship to her late husband.

Essay Topic 3

What do you think the narrator has learned from her stay at Dunnet Landing? Support your view using specific examples from the book.

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