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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) The Rose-Beetle Man.
(b) Spiro.
(c) Yani.
(d) Agathi.

2. Where does Theodore suggest they go in the spring to explore ditches?
(a) The Corfu bay.
(b) His backyard.
(c) The strawberry-pink villa.
(d) Val de Ropa.

3. Why does Yani tell Gerry the scorpion is drowned in olive oil?
(a) The oil preserves the body.
(b) Scorpion oil cures acne.
(c) It is an old Greek superstition to ward off scorpions from your home.
(d) If stung by a scorpion, rub the oil on the spot and there will be hardly any discomfort.

4. What do Gerry and George use as water-pistols in the bay?
(a) Sponges.
(b) Water-pistols.
(c) Sea slugs.
(d) Shells.

5. While still on the boat, approaching Corfu, what does Gerry hear?
(a) Gulls.
(b) Cicadas.
(c) The ships engines.
(d) Church bells.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Gerald's secretary, Sophie, eradicate from his book?

3. How many years does Spiro spend in America?

4. What is Gerry's most exciting discovery?

5. How is the August weather in England described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Larry's attitude upon reaching the island of Corfu?

2. How did George get Gerry interested in history?

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

4. How does Gerry describe the Daffodil-Yellow Villa?

5. 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?

6. What bonding event do Gerry and Leslie share? Why do you think this is appealing to Gerry?

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

8. In the spring, what is the first amazing event Gerry witnesses on Tortoise Hill?

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

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

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