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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator feels the others will not understand her search for her father because
(a) They all want to return to the city.
(b) They did not know him and do not care what happened.
(c) They all disowned their parents long ago.
(d) They all believe he is dead already.

2. The narrator's description of the city they drive through is
(a) Bright and cheerful.
(b) Sophisticated and upscale.
(c) Bleak and depressing.
(d) Dark and dangerous.

3. After reviewing her father's papers, the narrator decides
(a) Her father had been an artist too.
(b) Her father had some secret purpose she must discover.
(c) Her father had been hired to write another report.
(d) Her father had gone insane.

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

5. At the end of the chapter the narrator decides
(a) She will burn her father's drawings and leave him in peace on the island.
(b) She will take her father's drawings to the police.
(c) She will find her father no matter what it costs her.
(d) Her father must have been killed by the Americans.

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

7. The name of the film David is making is called
(a) Random Places
(b) Random Samples
(c) Random Sayings
(d) Samples of Reality

8. On the lake the narrator feels a sense of
(a) Love and longing for her family.
(b) Cautiousness.
(c) Fear and foreboding.
(d) Peace and homecoming.

9. Instead of reading or playing bridge, the group decides to
(a) Smoke pot out by the lake.
(b) Hunt for the next day's breakfast.
(c) Have a bonfire.
(d) Tell each other stories about their childhoods.

10. The narrator's insistence that does not know the right languages or dialects supports the idea that
(a) She was isolated from French speakers as a child.
(b) She has never been a good student.
(c) She struggles to communicate with others.
(d) She struggles to interpret foreigners.

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

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

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

14. Who arrives on the island at the start of the chapter?
(a) Paul and his wife.
(b) Paul and the narrator's father.
(c) Paul and Bill Malmstrom.
(d) Paul and Evans.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What new structure has invaded the narrator's hometown?

2. 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?

3. The repetition of the word "echoes" in the last paragraph suggests

4. The narrator discovers Anna

5. The others agree to wait at the motel because

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