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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the narrator afraid will happen if she leaves her scrapbooks out around the others?

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

3. What does the narrator notice about the fountain in town?

4. The narrator believes her father

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe David's view of his marriage.

2. What stops the narrator from responding to Joe's voice?

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

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

5. What is significant about the fact that the others have locked the narrator out of the cabin?

6. When the narrator reviews old photos she claims to see the missing part of herself. What is the missing part?

7. How does the narrator see David?

8. What childhood memory interrupts the narrator's feeling of complicity in the heron's death?

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

10. What does the narrator decide about being a victim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator of Atwood's novel struggles with her own humanity, preferring to consider herself an animal. Write an essay in which you define both "human" and "animal" according to the narrator, using the text as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the following quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: "Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Rilke's statement, using Atwood's novel as the basis for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the ideas of paths, roads, and travels in Atwood's novel. What do these concrete ideas represent for the narrator, and how do they contribute to Atwood's message?

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