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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator's attitude toward pain--if it hurts invent a different pain--indicates
(a) She is a masochist.
(b) She is currently looking for a diversion from pain in her life.
(c) She is unable to deal with any pain.
(d) She is confrontational when dealing with pain.

2. At the end of the chapter the narrator decides
(a) She will find her father no matter what it costs her.
(b) She will burn her father's drawings and leave him in peace on the island.
(c) Her father must have been killed by the Americans.
(d) She will take her father's drawings to the police.

3. The fishing trip is cut short when
(a) Two Americans arrive and begin to fish, too.
(b) The group decides to go back and cook the fish.
(c) David and Anna begin fighting.
(d) They discover they have no more worms.

4. In the flashback about her mother, the narrator reveals
(a) That her mother was afraid of the bear, but did not show it when she protected her children.
(b) That her mother was too afraid to protect her children.
(c) That nothing can keep children safe.
(d) That bears were threatening the island.

5. The narrator believes Joe first liked her because
(a) She does not drink alcohol.
(b) She has distanced herself from her family.
(c) She expresses no emotion.
(d) She is an artist.

6. The narrator believes her parents never took down the chicken-wire enclosure because
(a) They anticipated grandchildren.
(b) They were always keeping useless things.
(c) It was now used to enclose the garden.
(d) They used it to catch rabbits.

7. What does David want to do with the fish in the morning?
(a) Cook it over an open fire.
(b) Take a photo with it.
(c) Film it for Random Samples.
(d) Bury it for fertilizer.

8. In the morning, the narrator and Joe discuss
(a) The date they will set for their wedding.
(b) David and Anna's marriage.
(c) Who will move out of their shared apartment.
(d) The narrator's desire to have a child.

9. What question does the narrator recall asking her husband on their wedding day?
(a) Do you feel better?
(b) Aren't I good enough for you?
(c) Why are you doing this to me?
(d) Why can't we just go on like before?

10. The narrator believes her father
(a) Does not want to be found.
(b) Will be waiting for her when she arrives.
(c) Has died out on the lake.
(d) Will be furious with her for staying away so long.

11. The narrator describes the lake as
(a) Faded and defaced.
(b) Green and inviting.
(c) A haze of tears and vomit.
(d) Blue and cool as redemption.

12. Who interrupts the narrator in the outhouse and why?
(a) Joe, insisting that they talk about their relationship.
(b) Paul, with news about her father.
(c) David, telling her she must be caught.
(d) Anna, asking her if she is okay.

13. The narrator says her father's house is difficult to find because
(a) Camouflage was one of his best abilities.
(b) Evans keeps taking wrong turns.
(c) Neighbors were a nuisance to him.
(d) No one really wants to find him.

14. David suggests Americans want the land because
(a) They have used up all their fresh water and will have to move north.
(b) They can not settle the wilderness by themselves.
(c) They have always wanted to own Canada too.
(d) They have run out of land for their factories.

15. When Paul sees the narrator
(a) He does not recognize her.
(b) He confronts her angrily.
(c) He runs to greet her.
(d) He denies having written her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What burdensome object has David insisted on bringing in the canoe?

2. The others agree to wait at the motel because

3. At the end of the chapter the narrator describes herself as

4. At the end of the chapter, the author compares an unborn child to

5. The narrator reflects that when she "willed" her fish to be caught, she could tell herself

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