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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. The narrator compares Anna's cries to
(a) The sounds of the woodland animals.
(b) A cry for help from God.
(c) An animal's when caught in a trap.
(d) The cries of the heron.

5. At the start of the chapter, the narrator resolves
(a) That she has to leave the island immediately.
(b) That she has done all she can, and no one can expect more from her.
(c) That she will marry Joe if he asks her.
(d) That she must keep looking for her father no matter what.

6. The narrator remembers a tugboat with a house on it that appealed to her because
(a) The people on the boat seemed to be having fun.
(b) Her goal was to live on the water.
(c) She could escape her parents with a boat like that.
(d) She could move any time she wished, taking only the people she wanted to be around.

7. The fact that the narrator cannot speak the language of her hometown suggests
(a) She feels foreign.
(b) She rejects the idea that she is French Canadian.
(c) She does not care about communicating with her parents' friends.
(d) She does not fully identify with it, and does not feel understood.

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

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

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

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

12. The repetition of the word "echoes" in the last paragraph suggests
(a) Having one's own words thrown back at them.
(b) Repeating or revisiting the past.
(c) Refusing to hear others properly.
(d) Making the same mistakes over and over again.

13. The narrator decides her childhood was a good one because
(a) There was no war or poverty during her youth.
(b) Anna tells her she should appreciate it.
(c) It was in Canada rather than America.
(d) It was safe and removed from real world events.

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

15. At the end of the chapter the narrator describes herself as
(a) Without words to describe her feelings.
(b) Bleeding and in pain.
(c) A magician.
(d) Numb and detached.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Bill Malmstrom's purpose in visiting the island?

2. At the end of the chapter the narrator decides

3. The others agree to wait at the motel because

4. In school pictures, the narrator's face was always

5. The narrator reports that she is beginning to suspect

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