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. How can the mood be described as the narrator, Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Blackett make their way to the event?

2. With whom does Mrs. Todd go to visit Joanna in Chapter 13?

3. How does Elijah refer to his late wife?

4. When does Joanna ask Mrs. Todd to return?

5. When does Elijah engage in his hobby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

During her visit to Elijah's Tilley's home, the narrator says, "the old widower sat with his head bowed over his knitting, as if he were hastily shortening the very thread of time." How does this quote relate in general to Elijah and the novel's theme of impermanence?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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