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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. How big is the iceberg Quoyle sees?
(a) As big as a house.
(b) As big as a bowling alley.
(c) As big as a bingo hall.
(d) As big as a ship.

2. Why is Dawn keen to use the electric typewriter?
(a) She is keen to practice in order to get a better job.
(b) She secretly types love letters.
(c) She is secretly writing a novel.
(d) She secretly types job applications.

3. Why does Bunny need to bring a box of tissues to school?
(a) For making papier-mache.
(b) She's been told these are needed for Art classes.
(c) She's been told that the school cannot afford to supply tissues.
(d) For stuffling pincushions.

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

5. What is the distinctive feature of the Quoyle house?
(a) A window flanked by two smaller ones.
(b) An odd roof-line.
(c) The carving on the gables.
(d) It's painted bright green.

Short Answer Questions

1. What group does Reverend Stain belong to?

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

3. How does the reader know Aunt Agnis doesn't like vinyl cladding?

4. What injuries did Dennis sustain during the storm crisis on The Polar Grinder?

5. What has Skipper Will invented?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why do we feel at this point that there is cause to be optimistic about Quoyle's growing friendship with Wavey?

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

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

8. How did the Quoyle house come to be moved to the point where it now stands?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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