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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. For how many years was Quoyle married to Petal?
(a) Sixteen.
(b) Seven and a half.
(c) Six.
(d) Three.

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

3. Why does Billy go to the clinic?
(a) To visit Carl.
(b) To flirt with the nurses.
(c) To do a course in first aid.
(d) To have his prostate checked.

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

5. From what does Dawn want to escape?
(a) Her poverty.
(b) Agnis Hamm's bossiness.
(c) Killick-Claw in the winter.
(d) Mavis Bangs' constant chatter.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Mavis Bangs first married?

2. Why does Petal telephone Quoyle from Montgomery?

3. What is a synonym for 'mortification'?

4. What is a clove hitch?

5. What happens when Quoyle slows his boat down quickly?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way are Billy and Quoyle connected?

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

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

5. What interesting plot lines are dealt with in this chapter?

6. Comment on the significance of the contents of the suitcase Quoyle finds floating in the water.

7. Comment on the reception given Quoyle's piece about oil tankers.

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

9. What are the implied advantages of the green house?

10. Comment on the destruction of the green house on the point.

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