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Gerald Durrell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the most weird and fascinating character Gerry meets on his explorations?
(a) Theodore.
(b) Yani.
(c) George.
(d) The Rose-Beetle Man.

2. What illness does Larry suffer from in the English weather?
(a) Acne.
(b) Catarrh.
(c) None.
(d) Flu.

3. What does Margo's Turkish suitor think he can do superbly?
(a) Dance, fence, and type.
(b) Swim, ride, and sail.
(c) Cook, sail, and write.
(d) Write, swim, and ride.

4. Why can Gerry hear the Rose-Beetle Man before he sees him?
(a) He can hear his car in the distance.
(b) He plays a sheperd's pipe.
(c) The rose-beetles are singing.
(d) The Rose-Beetle Man is singing.

5. Where does Mother suggest Larry's friends stay?
(a) In her room.
(b) Outside.
(c) On the veranda.
(d) At Pension Suisse.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who names Gerry's pigeon?

2. In the beginning of Part I: Conversation, what does Larry do that upsets Mother?

3. When Larry goes to light a cigarette, what flies out of the box?

4. How old is Gerry when the family moves to Corfu?

5. Who does Larry decide to attack about England's climate and the family's illnesses?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gerry describe the weather in England during August?

2. How does Gerry describe his first glimpse and sounds of Corfu and its waters?

3. What was Theodore's opinion about life on Mars?

4. How does Margo act as a hypochondriac in Part I: Chapter 1, The Unsuspected Isle?

5. Why was Thursday tea with Theodore an appointment Gerry would not have missed for anything?

6. What does it say about Larry's character that he has invited friends to stay at the villa when there is not enough room, and he does not tell Mother until they are almost there?

7. How did Gerry compress five years into one book?

8. Why is Mother concerned about Larry's friends being highbrow?

9. Gerald's original intent for his book was an account of the natural history on the island of Corfu. Why did that change?

10. Why was it important to Gerry's mother that he mention she was a widow?

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