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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. The canoe trip is difficult for the group because

2. When Paul sees the narrator

3. What does the narrator's mother tell her when she asks where dead people go?

4. The narrator's attitude toward pain--if it hurts invent a different pain--indicates

5. What does the narrator find hanging from a tree?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator see David?

3. How does the narrator plan to survive without the cabin and the food from the garden.

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

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

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

7. Describe David's view of his marriage.

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

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

10. How does the narrator describe the "lost" part of herself during her encounter with Joe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create an argument in which you define and defend a position on what it means to be "natural." Consider the setting of the novel and the narrator's continual desire to return to a more natural state. Use the text to defend your position.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the narrator's definition of American. What does it mean to be an American according to the narrator? Who or what in the novel is represented by the term American and why?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the motif of isolation in Atwood's novel. Write an essay in which you explore the connotation of isolation and identify examples of isolation in the text that contribute to Atwood's message.

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