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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. Where does the ship dock?
2. What do the Macphails discuss in their cabin?
3. What word might Macphail use to describe Davidson's tactics?
4. What is the argument about?
5. Which characters argue?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Macphail's opinion about the behavior of the natives? Does the opinion agree or disagree with Mrs. Davidson's earlier comments?
2. What is the basis of the argument? What is the outcome?
3. Who lives in the area above the trader's store?
4. What do the travelers soon learn about accommodations?
5. What was one of the accomplishments the Davidsons managed to achieve in their last district?
6. What was the crux of the conversation held between the women?
7. What is the collective general personality of each couple?
8. What invitation is issued after the matter is settled?
9. What interrupts and annoys the travelers during high tea?
10. What is Mrs. Davidson's opinion on the fashion of the natives?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain Mrs. Davidson's opinion on the lives of the natives. Do you think the opinion is one gained from experience or prejudice? Is the opinion accurate according to the other travelers? How might the natives feel in return?
Essay Topic 2
Thompson had a plan to go to Australia. The plan was thwarted by Davidson's intervention with the governor. Discuss the steps taken by Davidson as well as his reasons. Explain the reaction of the governor. What was Thompson's reaction to the news of her foiled plan? What did Thompson do to try and reverse the decision?
Essay Topic 3
At the end of the story it is clear that Davidson was manipulated by Thompson. Explain in detail what Thompson did to Davidson and the results of those actions. What was Thompson's goal? Was the goal achieved? What might Thompson do next?
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