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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator feel is her first mistake during her visit to the store?
(a) She asks about the old priest, who is dead.
(b) She asks for Canadian bacon, proving she is American.
(c) She assumes the speak English, and they do not.
(d) She tries to speak French, but has a discernable accent.

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

3. The narrator finds it difficult to enter the lake because
(a) It is too cold.
(b) She can not remember how to swim.
(c) She is afraid of drowning.
(d) She is afraid her father will appear.

4. David blames the changes in the town and the negative outcomes on
(a) Americans and capitalism.
(b) Changing values.
(c) Fascism.
(d) Changing times.

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

6. David slips in and out of "a yokel dialect," which implies
(a) He has contempt for the town and the people.
(b) He does not know they speak French in Canada.
(c) His identity is flexible as well.
(d) He came from the country originally.

7. When the narrator visits her mother in the hospital, she informs her mother that
(a) She is never returning to Canada.
(b) She is divorced and has abandoned her child.
(c) She will not be attending the funeral.
(d) She is living with a man who is not her husband.

8. The narrator finally tells Anna
(a) That her father is probably dead.
(b) That she wants to leave the island.
(c) That she has been married and has a child.
(d) That Joe has proposed.

9. When the women discuss birth control, the narrator suggests
(a) That women had no choice but to risk their health by taking the pill.
(b) That women had defied men by refusing to take the piill.
(c) That Joe and David did not care about the physical risks to the women.
(d) That sex without risk or consequences is unnatural.

10. 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 they had chosen to die and had forgiven her in advance.
(c) That the fish did not feel any pain.
(d) That she had accomplished something all by herself.

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

12. What were the subjects of the narrator's drawings in her scrapbooks?
(a) Women and Easter eggs.
(b) Birds.
(c) Cave paintings.
(d) Woodland animals.

13. What burdensome object has David insisted on bringing in the canoe?
(a) His movie camera.
(b) His suitcase.
(c) His raincoat.
(d) His radio.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. David and Anna seem to communicate by

2. What happens between the narrator and Joe while picking blueberries?

3. What is significant about the narrator's brother drowning?

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

5. Who arrives on the island at the start of the chapter?

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