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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. At the gas station, the narrator is embarrassed when her friends
(a) Admire the moose dressed as people.
(b) Take pictures of the locals without asking.
(c) Take what they want without buying anything.
(d) Use curse words in front of the locals.

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

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

6. What is significant about the narrator's brother drowning?
(a) He does not die, but is saved by his mother.
(b) He develops a lifelong fear of water.
(c) He is looking up out of the water.
(d) The narrator never gets a chance to know him.

7. What happens between the narrator and Joe while picking blueberries?
(a) Joe breaks up with the narrator.
(b) Joe proposes and the narrator refuses.
(c) The narrator tells Joe she is in love with someone else.
(d) The narrator tells Joe she is returning to her husband.

8. The narrator claims to rehearse
(a) Disaster scenarios.
(b) Speeches.
(c) Facts and figures.
(d) Emotions.

9. David wants to stay on the island
(a) To be alone with the narrator.
(b) To escape his responsibilities.
(c) To find the narrator's father.
(d) To do some fishing.

10. What is the narrator afraid will happen if she leaves her scrapbooks out around the others?
(a) She is afraid the others will judge her drawings.
(b) She is afraid the others will spy on her.
(c) She is afraid the others will guess what has happened to her father.
(d) She is afraid the others will think her family is odd.

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

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

13. The narrator reports that she is beginning to suspect
(a) That she is somehow different from her guests.
(b) That she cannot communicate in English.
(c) That her head and body are somehow separate.
(d) That her father is alive.

14. The narrator pretends she is working so she can
(a) Hide from David and Joe.
(b) Avoid Anna's embarrassing confessions.
(c) Look through her father's papers again.
(d) Have some quiet inside the cabin.

15. The first danger the group encounters is
(a) The slippery, rotted dock.
(b) The narrator's insane father.
(c) The grizzly bears.
(d) The American fishermen.

Short Answer Questions

1. The canoe trip is difficult for the group because

2. What does the narrator find hanging from a tree?

3. At the end of the chapter the narrator decides

4. Because Anna is angry with him, David comments on

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

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