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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. How old is William?

2. What piece of information does Mrs. Todd reveal to the narrator?

3. What does the narrator conclude based on Mrs. Todd's revelation?

4. Who is Nathan?

5. What offer does William make the narrator?

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 the relationship between Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Blackett.

3. Describe the connection Mrs. Todd draws between tansy and the human experience.

4. When leaving Mrs. Todd's home, the narrator muses on the topic of death. Explain this thought process and how it relates to the situation.

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

6. What role do the furnishings in Elijah Tilley's house play in Chapter 20?

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

8. Explain what Gaffett does while shipwrecked off the coast of Greenland. Focus on his activities.

9. What does the narrator learn about Sant Bowden from bits of others' conversations?

10. Describe Mrs. Todd's personal characteristics.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On Green Island, the narrator reflects on the house, saying: "Here was the real home, the heart of the old house on Green Island!" Use this quote as well as other examples to explain the importance of their homes to the people of Dunnet.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the various roles women in the novel take on.

Essay Topic 3

This novel revolves heavily around people and landscapes. Describe the relationship between the imagery of the landscape and the people in Dunnet Landing. Provide examples from the book.

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