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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 others decide they want to
(a) Hunt for bears.
(b) Stay on for the rest of the week.
(c) Continue fishing.
(d) Help the narrator find her father.

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

3. The repetition of the word "echoes" in the last paragraph suggests
(a) Repeating or revisiting the past.
(b) Refusing to hear others properly.
(c) Having one's own words thrown back at them.
(d) Making the same mistakes over and over again.

4. What does the narrator say she should have studied instead of art?
(a) Linguistics.
(b) Psychology.
(c) Botany.
(d) History.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Reviewing her father's papers, the narrator discovers

2. At the end of the chapter the narrator describes herself as

3. The narrator reflects that when she "willed" her fish to be caught, she could tell herself

4. Because Anna is angry with him, David comments on

5. The name of the film David is making is called

Short Essay Questions

1. The narrator says that living on the island felt "normal" to her, which suggests what about her personality?

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

3. How does David feel about Americans?

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

5. Both of the childhood rhymes mentioned in the chapter have to do with what subject? Why are they important?

6. What is suggested by the group's ignorance about nature?

7. Describe the narrator's relationship with her former lover.

8. Why does the narrator hide from the searchers?

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

10. How does the narrator seem to feel about returning to the town and her childhood home?

(see the answer keys)

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