The Country of the Pointed Firs Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Elijah engage in his hobby?

2. On Shell-Heap Island, the narrator muses that each person has a place inside in which what is kept?

3. Which word best describes the furnishings in the best room in Elijah's house?

4. How long has Elijah lived alone?

5. What hobby of Elijah's surprises the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think the narrator learns about human nature from her friendships with the people of Dunnet? Focus on one character in your answer and support your view.

Essay Topic 2

When first meeting Captain Littlepage at the beginning of Chapter 5, the narrator states: "...Mrs. Todd had told me one day that Captain Littlepage had overset his mind with too much reading; she had also made dark reference to his having 'spells' of some unexplainable nature." How did her conversation with him confirm or contradict this view? Support your claims with concrete examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

What role does storytelling play in the novel? Please give specific examples from the book.

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