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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 creature does Quoyle see when he is clearing trash?
(a) An albatross.
(b) A moose.
(c) A Minke whale.
(d) A Southern Right whale.

2. What do Billy and Quoyle find?
(a) A dying orca.
(b) A suitcase.
(c) A smashed dory.
(d) A flotation device.

3. Who introduces Quoyle and Wavey?
(a) Agnis Hamm.
(b) Bunny.
(c) Billy Pretty.
(d) Partridge.

4. Why is Gaze Island important to Billy?
(a) His father is buried there.
(b) His wife and child are buried there.
(c) He owns land there.
(d) He spent his honeymoon there.

5. What complicates the family's stay at the motel?
(a) Quoyle accidentally locks himself in the bathroom.
(b) They become locked in their room.
(c) People complain about the dog.
(d) The aunt gets drunk.

Short Answer Questions

1. What bizarre tale does Nutbeem tell?

2. How old is Jack Buggit?

3. Where is the Melvilles' home?

4. Why does Quoyle get to do the special column on The Shipping News?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed to Quoyle during the trip to Gaze Island with Billy Pretty?

2. How does the aunt account for her wish to return to Newfoundland?

3. What is important, symbolically, about Quoyle's reluctance to move into the house on the point?

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

5. What is significant about the different ways in which Quoyle and his aunt respond to the finding of Bayonet Melville's head?

6. What does the green house on the point mean to the aunt?

7. What change in Quoyle occurs following the incident of his article on the 'Hitler yacht'?

8. How does Annie Proulx utilize symbolism in the account of Billy's and Quoyle's journey back from Gaze Island?

9. In what way is the aunt's reaction to the appearance of the distant Quoyle different from her nephew's?

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

(see the answer keys)

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