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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 does Quoyle decide to take the boat to Killick-Claw?
(a) He needs to transport the corpse.
(b) It is faster than driving.
(c) The road is blocked.
(d) He thinks he can tow the corpse there.

2. Where do Quoyle and Nutbeem go for the ice they need?
(a) The supermarket.
(b) The seashore, where they gather bits of iceberg.
(c) The fish processing plant.
(d) They gather snow and ice at the roadside.

3. Of which type of figurative language is this an example: 'The bay was an aluminum tray dotted with paper boats.'?
(a) Metaphor.
(b) Transfiguration.
(c) Onomatopoeia
(d) Simile.

4. What new job will Tert Card have?
(a) Editing a newsletter on Florida.
(b) Putting out a newsletter for oil rig suppliers.
(c) Chief sub-editor on The Washington Post.
(d) Editing the local newspaper in St John's.

5. What is Quoyle very surprised to see?
(a) A husky puppy in Bunny's room.
(b) Bunny and Sunshine drawing broccoli trees.
(c) A baby seal in Bunny's room.
(d) A sled dog on the front step.

Short Answer Questions

1. What pleasure does Wavey enjoy in St John's?

2. What is special about Wavey's Christmas gift to Quoyle?

3. What is one surprising use for knots?

4. What phenomenon heralds bad weather?

5. Where was the packet of money posted?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what sense is the new boat symbolic?

2. What insight into Wavey and her friends, the Buggit family, is provided in this chapter?

3. For Quoyle, what are the outcomes of his misadventure with the 'speedboat'?

4. In what ways are contrasts important in Chapter 36 of The Shipping News?

5. In what way does Quoyle fail Nutbeem?

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

7. What secret is exposed during the visit to St John's?

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

9. In what shape is the local Newfoundland economy?

10. Why is Quoyle uncertain about marrying Wavey?

(see the answer keys)

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