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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator describes her job as
(a) Pretentious and worldly.
(b) Awkward and ill-fitting, like an artificial limb.
(c) Important and undervalued.
(d) Appropriate and tailored to her, like a well-made suit.

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

3. The narrator decides that everything she values about Joe is
(a) Physical.
(b) Debatable.
(c) Emotional.
(d) Psychological.

4. The narrator thinks she cannot communicate with Joe because
(a) He does not know what he is talking about.
(b) She does not want to.
(c) She is afraid he will be violent.
(d) She does not know the right language.

5. The narrator's father preferred animals to people because
(a) They were guided by nature.
(b) They behaved rationally and predictably.
(c) They could survive in the wild.
(d) They did not speak.

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

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

8. What does the narrator notice about the fountain in town?
(a) It is in a different place than she remembers.
(b) It is not as big as she remembers it.
(c) The dolphins are missing.
(d) The cherub in the middle is missing half its face.

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

10. On the lake the narrator feels a sense of
(a) Love and longing for her family.
(b) Fear and foreboding.
(c) Peace and homecoming.
(d) Cautiousness.

11. The narrator believes that her childhood made her
(a) A stronger person.
(b) A bitter person.
(c) Mentally retarded.
(d) Socially retarded.

12. The others agree to wait at the motel because
(a) They want to avoid an emotional situation with the narrator.
(b) They are not welcome in the town.
(c) They know the narrator wants to get away from them.
(d) They just want to have fun and drink beer.

13. What change is developing in the narrator's relationship with Joe?
(a) The narrator is willing to wait to see if she loves him.
(b) The narrator has decided that she wants a marriage like David and Anna's.
(c) The narrator is beginning is to see that she no longer wants to be in the relationship.
(d) The narrator has decided she loves Joe.

14. What does the narrator find hanging from a tree?
(a) A torn-up doll.
(b) Her father.
(c) A dead heron.
(d) A dead fish.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator feel is her first mistake during her visit to the store?

2. The narrator tells Paul

3. The narrator compares Anna's cries to

4. Along the journey in the lake the narrator sees

5. The narrator remembers a tugboat with a house on it that appealed to her because

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