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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. As she travels through the town, the narrator feels

2. In the flashback about her mother, the narrator reveals

3. The narrator believes her parents never took down the chicken-wire enclosure because

4. The narrator's insistence that does not know the right languages or dialects supports the idea that

5. The narrator compares Anna's cries to

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is significant about the narrator's description of the herons?

4. Why does the narrator believe all her friends are "Americans" now?

5. How is the narrator changing as she remembers her past?

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

7. In what time period did the narrator grow up?

8. What change can be observed in the narrator at the start of the chapter?

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

10. When the narrator discovers that the other campers are Canadian, not American as she had suspected, what new fear grips her.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator of Atwood's novel includes many details on the food she either serves her guests or consumes herself. Write an essay in which you discuss the significance of the mealtimes, food, or consumptive habits stressed in the novel. Consider Atwood's purpose in including these details.

Essay Topic 2

What does the author seem to indicate about the power of language in the text? What statements or scenes reveal her purpose in emphasizing language in the novel? Write an essay in which you identify Atwood's message about language and its power or limitations.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the statement, "Man masters nature not by force but by understanding." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify this statement using Atwood's novel as the basis for your argument.

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