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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 is the subject of the story Quoyle tells his daughters?
(a) A sad dog.
(b) Seals.
(c) Baby penguins.
(d) A moose.

2. How does Quoyle get the list of ships?
(a) He visits the harbormaster's office.
(b) He phones the harbormaster.
(c) He phones the shipping companies.
(d) He asks people at the seafront.

3. What inspires Quoyle to cook interesting food?
(a) Gordon Ramsay's latest recipe book.
(b) His love for his family.
(c) His thoughts of Partridge.
(d) His determination to show that economical meals can be gourmet meals.

4. What can be 'injurious as well as beneficial'?
(a) Researching and writing news stories.
(b) Cod-fishing on the Grand Banks.
(c) The mysterious power of knots.
(d) Falling in love with a mysterious person.

5. The bay's appearance on the map is shown as . . .
(a) A bent thumb
(b) A blue Chinese vase.
(c) A dog's leg.
(d) A chemist's pale blue flask.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Carl's hair turn white?

2. Why does Quoyle think he might have to take Wavey to the prairies?

3. What is The Gammy Bird?

4. What do Billy and Quoyle find?

5. Petal tells Mrs Moosup she will leave the little girls in . . .

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we learn about the aunt in Chapter 6?

2. What is indicated by the image of Quoyle looking at the horizon?

3. What does Chapter 10 show the reader about the relationship of people to the sea?

4. How important is the rhythm of their new lives for Quoyle and his family?

5. What major fear does Quoyle face up to in Chapter 12?

6. How does Quoyle respond to the news about the Quoyles' past?

7. How does the author use the symbolism of the iceberg that Quoyle and Wavey see during their walk?

8. In what way is the appearance of the Botterjacht ironic?

9. What insight into Jack Buggit does the harbormaster convey to Quoyle?

10. Does Tert Card demonstrate the qualities required of a managing editor?

(see the answer keys)

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