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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Though David catches the fish, the narrator must
(a) Throw it back as it is too small.
(b) Reel it in and kill it.
(c) Hand it over to the Americans.
(d) Provide him with the bait and kill the fish.

2. In school pictures, the narrator's face was always
(a) Front and center.
(b) Blurred or turned away.
(c) Serious and frowning.
(d) Smiling and happy.

3. David is most interested in
(a) Listening to the radio.
(b) Swimming.
(c) Reading.
(d) Fishing.

4. The others decide they want to
(a) Continue fishing.
(b) Hunt for bears.
(c) Help the narrator find her father.
(d) Stay on for the rest of the week.

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

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

7. After reviewing her father's papers, the narrator decides
(a) Her father had been an artist too.
(b) Her father had gone insane.
(c) Her father had been hired to write another report.
(d) Her father had some secret purpose she must discover.

8. The narrator tells Paul
(a) That her father has returned to the island.
(b) That her father is probably dead.
(c) That her father has gone insane.
(d) That her father is away on a trip.

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

10. Who arrives on the island at the start of the chapter?
(a) Paul and his wife.
(b) Paul and Evans.
(c) Paul and the narrator's father.
(d) Paul and Bill Malmstrom.

11. At the end of the chapter, the author compares an unborn child to
(a) A frog in a jar.
(b) A secret passenger.
(c) A leech.
(d) An unopened gift.

12. The narrator decides it would be easy for a person who is hiding to
(a) Set traps for the searchers.
(b) Survive on plants and roots.
(c) Avoid those searching for him or her.
(d) Find their true self.

13. The narrator reflects that when she "willed" her fish to be caught, she could tell herself
(a) That the fish did not feel any pain.
(b) That she had accomplished something all by herself.
(c) That they had chosen to die and had forgiven her in advance.
(d) That she had outsmarted the fish, like her brother.

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

15. Reviewing her father's papers, the narrator discovers
(a) Her father had been searching out cave paintings.
(b) Her father had begun a career as an artist.
(c) Her father had been trying to publish an article.
(d) Her father had been sending insane letters to scientists.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator finds it difficult to enter the lake because

2. What were the subjects of the narrator's drawings in her scrapbooks?

3. The fishing trip is cut short when

4. The first danger the group encounters is

5. None of the others ask the narrator where she is going or what she is doing, which suggests

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