Surfacing Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What object does the narrator search for without success before leaving the cabin?

2. David and Anna joke about

3. The narrator perceives David's announcement to be

4. The narrator is bothered by city toilets because

5. The narrator brings one blanket with her because

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

The narrator describes one part of herself as "missing." What other instances in the book suggest that something or someone is "missing," and what is significant about this term? Discuss the connotations of the word and a possible message Atwood might reveal through the concept of "missing" people, places, or things.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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