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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 a clove hitch?
(a) A Canadian hitch-hiker.
(b) A spice used in French-Canadian cooking.
(c) A type of knot.
(d) An old-fashioned way of pulling teeth.

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

3. What maritime connections does Quoyle have?
(a) His father was a sealer.
(b) His grandfather was a sea-captain.
(c) He was born at sea.
(d) His grandfather was a sealer.

4. What is The Gammy Bird?
(a) The name of a boat.
(b) The name of a newspaper.
(c) A species of gannet.
(d) The name of a motel.

5. The shag is an alternative word for which bird?
(a) The puffin.
(b) The cormorant.
(c) The albatross.
(d) The Mother Carey's chicken.

Short Answer Questions

1. What inspires Quoyle to cook interesting food?

2. Why is it claimed that biologists have visited the Tough Baby?

3. Why does Bunny need to bring a box of tissues to school?

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

5. What is described as a 'gelatinous horror'?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Quoyle's expectations of marriage and how is the reality different for him?

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

3. Comment on Jack Buggit's 'resurrection'.

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

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

6. From the description of it in this chapter, is it possible Quoyle would enjoy living in Nutbeem's trailer?

7. In what way is Bunny showing herself to be different from her father?

8. In what way is the short scene involving his bath important to our understanding of Quoyle's inner journey?

9. How does the aunt respond to Quoyle's doubt over his ability to do the job?

10. What is important about Quoyle's encounter with Cousin Nolan?

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