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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. Besides her herbal remedies, what else is Mrs. Todd known for in Dunnet Landing?

2. Where did the Captain's experience described in Chapter 5 take place?

3. What does the narrator say about Gaffett's experience?

4. What did the Captain do while waiting in Chapter 5?

5. What happened when Gaffett and his companion went on land?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrator's relationship with Mrs. Todd.

2. What does Elijah say about Mrs. Todd at the end of Chapter 20?

3. Describe the way the other guests treat Mrs. Blackett, and explain why you believe they act this way.

4. What is Mrs. Todd's reaction to the funeral?

5. What drastic measures does Joanna take when her engagement is broken off?

6. How does Mrs. Todd characterize the man Joanna was going to marry?

7. What does the narrator know about Captain Littlepage before he comes to visit her?

8. Describe the way Mrs. Todd reacts to the narrator's leaving.

9. Which values does Elijah Tilley embody?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Strength and vulnerability are two major themes of the novel. How is each characteristic illustrated within the novel, and how do they relate to each other?

Essay Topic 2

When Captain Littlepage comes to visit the narrator in the schoolhouse, remember that Captain Littlepage is seated at one of the pupils' benches and the narrator is seated at the teacher's desk. Discuss the symbolism of the spacial arrangement in this scene. How does this symbolism relate to the discussion Captain Littlepage and the narrator have of life after death? What else might it signify about their relationship to one another?

Essay Topic 3

When the narrator first arrives at Green Island, she describes Mrs. Blackett's home as follows: "It was one of the houses that seem firm-rooted in the ground, as if they were two-thirds below the surface, like icebergs. The front door stood hospitably open in expectation of company..." Explain how this quote relates to Mrs. Blackett's own personal characteristics.

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