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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 goat shepherd who tells Gerry the tale of the cypress tree?
(a) Spiro.
(b) Yani.
(c) Agathi.
(d) The Rose-Beetle Man.

2. Who teaches Gerry some of the most beautiful and haunting peasant songs?
(a) George.
(b) Agathi.
(c) Spiro.
(d) The Rose-Beetle Man.

3. What is the name of Gerry's tortoise?
(a) Achilles.
(b) Yani.
(c) Margo.
(d) Agathi.

4. Who goes turtledove hunting with Leslie?
(a) Larry.
(b) Gerry.
(c) The Turkish boy.
(d) Spiro.

5. Instead to taking his goats to Gastouri, what does Yani do?
(a) Tastes Taki's red wine.
(b) Goes fishing.
(c) Eats figs all day.
(d) Tastes Taki's white wine.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of books are on Mother's bedside table?

2. What does Larry say the family needs in Part I: Prologue, The Migration?

3. Who does Gerry find at George's home when he goes to ask him about the trapdoor?

4. What special day is it when Spiro drives Gerry, Mother, and Margo to town to buy furniture?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did George get Gerry interested in history?

2. How were Lugaretzia and her husband like the Daffodil-Yellow Villa, and why were they there?

3. How does Gerry describe the Strawberry-Pink Villa?

4. Gerry ponders what insect movements, on top of the trapdoor, must sound like to a trapdoor spider. What were some of his ideas?

5. How did spring affect Mother, when left undisturbed by Larry? What affect did this have on Larry?

6. Who instigates the move to Corfu and why?

7. How did Larry attempt to help his family regain their pose, after it was shattered by Roger and the pack of dogs?

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

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

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

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