The Shipping News Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Quoyle's routine described?

2. What does Wavey wear for the trip to St John's?

3. What happens to Nutbeem's bicycle?

4. Which accommodation no longer seems attractive to Quoyle?

5. Who is the sled dog driver of the Chapter 39 heading?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way is the short scene involving his bath important to our understanding of Quoyle's inner journey?

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

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

5. In what shape is the local Newfoundland economy?

6. In what way has Quoyle reached a turning point in his life?

7. Why is Quoyle uncertain about marrying Wavey?

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

9. In what ways are descriptions of interior environment, specifically the Heavy weather bar and the Burke house, connected to the characters of Quoyle and Tert Card in Chapter 34?

10. What is the outcome of Bunny's attack on the teacher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'When I first read THE SHIPPING NEWS, I was captivated by Newfoundland and wished I could travel there and meet those eccentric characters.'

1) To what extent do you relate to this student's comment?

2) What are the overall qualities of the novel that would cause you to recommend it to a friend?

3) Can you justify its status as a literary prize-winner?

Essay Topic 2

THE SHIPPING NEWS is a novel that successfully presents a web of sub-plots. Of the sub-plots in the novel, identify and discuss two.

1) What functions do these sub-plots perform in the novel? Do they support the main narrative stream, complement it or provide contrast?

2) Do you consider that sub-plots enrich our enjoyment of narrative texts?

Essay Topic 3

'The ocean is as much a character in this novel as is Quoyle.'

1) What techniques does the author use to give the impression that the sea is a character?

2) Discuss the way of the power of the sea and human responses to it, are represented in THE SHIPPING NEWS. In your answer, focus on two major characters and one secondary character.

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