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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. What name did the Howland place once go by that an ancestor tried unsuccessfully to bring back?
(a) Tara.
(b) Eloise.
(c) Tribeca.
(d) Shirley.

2. What do people clean muddy shoes on at the Howland home?
(a) Boot scraper shaped like two rabbits.
(b) Cleans them in the river.
(c) Uses a stick to get the mud out.
(d) Rinses off with well water.

3. Oliver lived with his sister by a big spring. What was the name of the spring?
(a) Cedar Creek.
(b) Sobbing Woman.
(c) Little River.
(d) No-name Spring.

4. As a girl, where does Margaret go on winter mornings?
(a) Hollow tree trunk.
(b) Stays in bed.
(c) Swamp.
(d) By the stove.

5. Who tells Margaret about her father and how her parents met?
(a) Her great-grandmother.
(b) Her grandfather.
(c) Her mother.
(d) A cousin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did William find a mouse nest?

2. Whose job is it to water the garden in Margaret's family?

3. How old is Margaret when she learns the story of her father?

4. After the Korean War, where does John set up his practice?

5. What is another name for Somerset County?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the house that Margaret grows up in.

2. Describe the Howland kitchen.

3. What does Abigail remember about the first part of her life?

4. On moving to Madison City, what does Abigail recall being told about her mother.

5. Describe the only act of affection between her grandfather and Margaret that Abigail witnesses.

6. Explain why the townspeople are angry at the grandfather for not bringing his daughter's body home for burial from Santa Fe?

7. What does Margaret find in the Howland woods that she brings back to the house?

8. What are Abigail's days like after she and John marry but before he finishes his last year of law school?

9. How long does the great-grandmother's funeral last?

10. How does Margaret behave after her children leave for boarding school?

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