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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Paul sees the narrator
(a) He runs to greet her.
(b) He does not recognize her.
(c) He denies having written her.
(d) He confronts her angrily.

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

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

4. The narrator has identified two different women in town known as Madame because
(a) Madame is a common name in Canada.
(b) She cannot remember anyone's name anymore.
(c) She remembers them as older, married women.
(d) None of the women in town had names when she was a child.

5. What new structure has invaded the narrator's hometown?
(a) A fountain.
(b) A restaurant.
(c) A motel.
(d) A bowling alley.

6. The narrator has to ask for directions because
(a) She can't remember where she lived.
(b) They have arrived in the wrong town.
(c) All the new roads have confused her.
(d) The area has changed since she visited last.

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

8. None of the others ask the narrator where she is going or what she is doing, which suggests
(a) They are unwilling or unable to communicate.
(b) They are afraid she will break down emotionally.
(c) They are lazy and disinterested in the island.
(d) They are all experienced campers.

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

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

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

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

13. David teaches
(a) Broadcasting classes.
(b) English as a Second Language.
(c) Politics.
(d) Communication classes.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. David blames the changes in the town and the negative outcomes on

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

3. The narrator feels the others will not understand her search for her father because

4. The narrator's description of the city they drive through is

5. The narrator reveals that she has not visited her parents here because

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