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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 are the Tea Buns?
(a) A special cake served in England.
(b) A local word for migrating gannets.
(c) Aunt Agnis's rock cakes.
(d) Submerged rocks.

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

3. What is the meaning of the word 'atavistic'?
(a) Being unable to speak.
(b) Primitive and ignorant.
(c) Musical.
(d) Reversion to an earlier type.

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

5. When was Mavis Bangs first married?
(a) At forty.
(b) At fifteen.
(c) At eighteen.
(d) At twenty-two.

Short Answer Questions

1. What job did Quoyle's father have?

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

3. In what way is a nip important to a knot?

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

5. What can be 'injurious as well as beneficial'?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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