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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. Why is Home Rock important?
(a) It is the site of a shipwreck.
(b) It is a navigation point for Killick-Claw.
(c) It is home to a protected seal colony.
(d) It marks the landfall of Viking explorers.

2. Which character works in the school library twice a week?
(a) Dawn.
(b) Mavis.
(c) Wavey.
(d) Dennis.

3. At the motel, what does Quoyle buy for his daughters?
(a) Stuffed penguins.
(b) Yo-yos.
(c) Wind-up penguins.
(d) Cuddly bears.

4. What happens when Quoyle slows his boat down quickly?
(a) It rolls alarmingly.
(b) It capsizes.
(c) Water comes in over the transom at the stern.
(d) The engine stalls.

5. In what way does Quoyle benefit from Petal's death?
(a) He gets to keep the car.
(b) He has Petal's insurance money and a house in Florida.
(c) He has sole care of the children and he has Petal's insurance money.
(d) Her insurance money makes him a millionaire.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much did the Melvilles pay Agnis for the boat upholstery?

2. Where had the Quoyles originally settled?

3. How can the reader tell that Quoyle is self-conscious when he meets Mavis and Dawn?

4. What evidence confirms to Agnis that she had seen a man close by?

5. Why is Dawn keen to use the electric typewriter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Quoyle's attitude to Petal and her death?

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

3. What is the significance of Agnis' relationship with Irene Warren?

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

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

6. What is interesting about the idea of the aunt and Quoyle digging a garden patch?

7. Account for Quoyle's cherished hope that he was, in fact, a changeling.

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

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

10. In what way are Billy and Quoyle connected?

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