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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator decides her childhood was a good one because
(a) Anna tells her she should appreciate it.
(b) It was safe and removed from real world events.
(c) There was no war or poverty during her youth.
(d) It was in Canada rather than America.

2. Because Anna is angry with him, David comments on
(a) Anna's make-up.
(b) The narrator's behind.
(c) Joe's refusal to talk.
(d) Anna's flab.

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

4. Flashing back on her first husband, the narrator states
(a) She believes she never loved him.
(b) She will never trust the word "love" again.
(c) He was an inexperienced woodsman.
(d) The failure of their marriage was entirely his fault.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The narrator believes she is a successful children's book illustrator because

3. In school pictures, the narrator's face was always

4. 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?

5. The description of the tourists who visit the town implies

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator see David?

2. What kind of relationship does the narrator seem to have with Joe?

3. Why does the narrator take Joe outside in order to have sex with him?

4. Why does the narrator refuse to believe David and Anna's story about her father?

5. Why is the narrator bothered by the new road, and the ease with which she is able to arrive at her destination?

6. Why does the narrator believe there are rules for what she can and cannot do on the island?

7. Describe the narrator's initial beliefs about Americans.

8. What is the narrator's revelation about Christ?

9. What does the narrator believe she sees at the end of the chapter?

10. Why does the narrator destroy the contents of the cabin?

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