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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 confrontational when dealing with pain.
(c) She is unable to deal with any pain.
(d) She is a masochist.

2. The men take turns taking footage of the wood they have chopped rather than letting the women film them because
(a) They can not wait for the women to finish their gardening.
(b) They are afraid the women will break the camera.
(c) They only want males to appear in the film.
(d) They do not want the women to know what they are filming.

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

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

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

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

7. The narrator believes Joe first liked her because
(a) She has distanced herself from her family.
(b) She is an artist.
(c) She does not drink alcohol.
(d) She expresses no emotion.

8. The description of the tourists who visit the town implies
(a) The narrator feels hatred and hostility toward them.
(b) The narrator feels they are imposters.
(c) The narrator appreciates their contribution to the town.
(d) The narrator is indifferent to their presence.

9. Along the journey in the lake the narrator sees
(a) A paper company cutting down trees.
(b) Surveyors plotting to raise the lake for use as a reservoir.
(c) Surveyors looking over her land.
(d) Construction workers building on the lake.

10. The canoe trip is difficult for the group because
(a) The canoe is too heavy.
(b) David and Joe cannot be trusted.
(c) The Americans have interrupted their progress.
(d) The wind is strong and the group is inexperienced.

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

12. 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.

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

14. What does the narrator's mother tell her when she asks where dead people go?
(a) She says he would go to heaven.
(b) She says he would still be there in spirit.
(c) She says he would go to the graveyard.
(d) She says she does not know.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator has to ask for directions because

2. The narrator thinks she cannot communicate with Joe because

3. What is suggested by the fact that the narrator describes Anna as her best woman friend, though they've know each other only two months?

4. The narrator discovers Anna

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

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