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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of the chapter, what is revealed in Mark Brian's eyes?

2. Who is Tagoona?

3. How old is Jim Wallace?

4. What question does Mrs. Hudson ask Mark Brian as her family leaves the village in shame?

5. What formality does Jim help Mark leave behind?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the state of the vicarage.

2. Describe the visitors to the village in Chapter 13.

3. What recurring idea or image appears as the author describes the state of the village and the graveyard?

4. Why doesn't Marta deny that Mark has heard the owl call his name?

5. Why does Mark claim he is offering Jim advice on how to treat Keetah?

6. Who contributes to the preparations for Mark's funeral?

7. How do most of the Indians behave toward Mark Brian?

8. Who speaks at the funeral after Mark Brian is done?

9. What did mothers of deceased children tell them as part of the old tradition?

10. What limitations does the ordinand's illness place on him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

William Somerset Maugham said, "Tradition is a guide and not a jailer." For which characters in the book does tradition serve as a guide? For whom is it a jailer? Write an essay in which you consider Maugham's quote in relation to any character or characters in Craven's novel. Use specific examples from the text to connect Maugham's quote to Craven's message.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Mark Brian's many experiences on the river in the novel. What might the river represent for the vicar and the villagers? Write an essay in which you explore the connotations of the river and its contribution to Craven's message in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Many characters in the novel, including Mark Brian, believe in service and community. Choose three characters that embody these ideas in Craven's novel, and write an essay in which you describe the characters' actions and traits, connecting each to the motifs of service and community.

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