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

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

3. The narrator believes her parents never took down the chicken-wire enclosure because
(a) They used it to catch rabbits.
(b) They anticipated grandchildren.
(c) It was now used to enclose the garden.
(d) They were always keeping useless things.

4. Though David catches the fish, the narrator must
(a) Throw it back as it is too small.
(b) Reel it in and kill it.
(c) Hand it over to the Americans.
(d) Provide him with the bait and kill the fish.

5. The narrator's attitude toward pain--if it hurts invent a different pain--indicates
(a) She is a masochist.
(b) She is currently looking for a diversion from pain in her life.
(c) She is confrontational when dealing with pain.
(d) She is unable to deal with any pain.

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

7. David and Anna seem to communicate by
(a) Fighting agressively at all times.
(b) Exchanging silent looks.
(c) Teasing or ignoring each other.
(d) Telling others what they think of each other.

8. The fishing trip is cut short when
(a) David and Anna begin fighting.
(b) Two Americans arrive and begin to fish, too.
(c) The group decides to go back and cook the fish.
(d) They discover they have no more worms.

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

10. 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 all experienced campers.
(d) They are lazy and disinterested in the island.

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

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

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

14. 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 is living with a man who is not her husband.
(d) She will not be attending the funeral.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What question does the narrator recall asking her husband on their wedding day?

2. The narrator describes her job as

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

4. The others agree to wait at the motel because

5. Along the journey in the lake the narrator sees

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