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

2. The narrator believes her father
(a) Will be furious with her for staying away so long.
(b) Has died out on the lake.
(c) Does not want to be found.
(d) Will be waiting for her when she arrives.

3. At the start of the chapter, the narrator resolves
(a) That she has to leave the island immediately.
(b) That she will marry Joe if he asks her.
(c) That she has done all she can, and no one can expect more from her.
(d) That she must keep looking for her father no matter what.

4. When the narrator visits her mother in the hospital, she informs her mother that
(a) She is divorced and has abandoned her child.
(b) She is living with a man who is not her husband.
(c) She is never returning to Canada.
(d) She will not be attending the funeral.

5. The narrator is trying to decide
(a) Whether she loved her parents.
(b) Whether she is falling in love with David.
(c) Whether she loves Joe.
(d) Whether she loved her first husband.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At the end of the chapter, the author compares an unborn child to

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

4. The narrator compares Anna's cries to

5. What were the subjects of the narrator's drawings in her scrapbooks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the narrator's relationship with her traveling companions.

3. Describe the narrator's flashback about the birth of her child.

4. Describe the experience the narrator has with her mother.

5. What perceptions do her guests have of the town?

6. What were the narrator's experiences with religion as a child?

7. Describe David's view of his marriage.

8. What is suggested by Anna's statements about her make-up?

9. What images or ideas related to identity do we get in the beginning of the novel?

10. Why does the narrator decide to return to the city?

(see the answer keys)

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